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Nov 19, 2015 2:46 PM

FBI: Final two paintings recovered in most notable Maine art heist


PORTLAND, Maine – The FBI has confirmed the last two of six paintings stolen from a Portland businessman have been recovered.

According to the FBI, the criminal investigation into the robbery began in June 2013 when six N.C. Wyeth paintings were stolen.

In December 2014, four of the paintings were recovered at a Beverley Hills pawn shop.

The remaining two photos were recovered Oct. 9 when a third party handed over the artwork to a retired FBI agent.

The final two paintings were said to be in good condition, inside cardboard boxes and in their original frames.

Three people were arrested in connection with the heist: Lawrence Estrella, Oscar Leroy Roberts and Dean Coroniti.

Lawrence Estrella, 65 of Worcester, Mass., plead guilty to stolen property charges and was sentenced to 92 months in prison and three years of probation.

According to court records, Estrella transported four of the paintings to California.

Roberts, of Hollywood, Calif. Plead guilty to charges in April and April of 2015.

Coroniti, of Hollywood, Calif. Plead guilty to possession of stolen property and is scheduled to appear in December.

The robbery is believed to be one of the most significant thefts in the history of the state of Maine.


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