Saanich police turn to owners for IDs of 4 works of art seized in spring investigation – Victoria News

Saanich police are looking to find owners for four of the 1,000 works seized in April. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
Saanich police are looking to find owners for four of the 1,000 works seized in April.  (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)Saanich police are looking to find owners for four of the 1,000 works seized in April. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
Saanich police are looking to find owners for four of the 1,000 works seized in April.  (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)Saanich police are looking to find owners for four of the 1,000 works seized in April. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
Saanich police are looking to find owners for four of the 1,000 works seized in April.  (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)Saanich police are looking to find owners for four of the 1,000 works seized in April. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Saanich police are looking for the owners of four works of art seized during a spring fraud investigation.

In April, police seized more than 1,000 works of art, with a total value estimated in the tens of millions, from an Oak Bay art dealer whose operations spanned Greater Victoria.

An art dealer was arrested on April 21 after investigating reports he was receiving art on consignment and then cutting off communication with owners.

By early June, more than 900 pieces had been returned to legitimate collectors, estates and artists themselves in British Columbia and as far afield as Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and Washington State.

The investigation is continuing and criminal charges are being considered.

The department released photos of four remaining works on Tuesday in a bid to reunite all of the art with the owners.

To help police identify the works, email art@saanichpolice.ca.

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