by Catherine Schofield Sezgin, ARCA Blog Editor-in-Chief
The Los Angeles Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) held a press conference today and announced a $25,000 reward for help in the continuing investigation of a 2008 residential burglary:
The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or group responsible for the residential theft, in 2008, of multiple works of art in the city of Encino, California. These works of art were recovered on October 23, 2014.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
The Los Angeles Police Department posted a $200,000 reward after the theft of the 12 paintings six years ago.
The FBI press release today concluded with:
Also attached is a photo of the suspect, Raul Espinosa, 46, who was arrested in October and charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney with possession of the stolen paintings. Espinosa's alias is Jorge Alberto Lara. Espinosa, who had been residing in Los Angeles prior to his arrest, is a Mexican national. The joint investigation by the FBI and the LAPD is continuing.