Suspected Santa Monica Burglary Snagged $10 Million

The incident went down in the 500 block of 12th Street, police say.

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    Police are investigating a multi-million dollar art heist in Santa Monica. The crooks also took a Porsche. NBC's Beverly White reports at 11 p.m. news on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (Published Thursday, Sep 20, 2012)

    Investigators asked for the public’s help on Wednesday to solve an alleged Santa Monica burglary estimated to involve $10 million in art, vehicles and jewelry.

    The alleged victim returned home from a trip on Sept. 14 to find that their home had been burglarized, according to Santa Monica police.

    "We're looking for the public's help," said Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department. "If they know anything about the crime, anybody trying to fence art, investigators are working any leads they can get while they work the leads they currently have."

    Investigators say the alleged crime occurred in the 500 block of 12th Street sometime between 3 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 8 p.m. on Sept. 14.

    The following items are suspected stolen, and add up to more than $10 million:

    • several "high-end paintings";
    • two wooden box art pieces;
    • a red 2010 Porsche Carrera 4S, which was parked in the garage;
    • several expensive watches;
    • wine;
    • a "small amount" of cash.

    Photographs of the stolen artwork along with the victim’s vehicle and descriptions of the watches are available on the Santa Monica Police Department website.

    Anyone with information regarding the burglary or the suspects involved is asked to contact Detective David Haro at (310) 458-8432 or Sergeant Henry Ramirez at (310) 458-8453 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.

    The owner is also offering his own $100,000 reward. He has established his own hotline at 855-692-4997.