HSI seizes additional stolen statues linked to Manhattan art dealer

26 Oct 2012 10:19 AM | Anonymous

HSI seizes additional stolen statues linked to Manhattan art dealer


NEW YORK – Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized two antique statues Oct. 23 from a Manhattan hotel. These statues were seized as part of an ongoing HSI Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Program investigation into an alleged dealer of stolen antiquities.

"We recognize that art and antiquities are assigned a dollar value in the marketplace," said James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of HSI New York. "But the cultural and symbolic worth of these items far surpasses any monetary value to the people and nations of the origin of these works. HSI remains a committed partner in the effort to ensure that items like these are returned to their rightful owners."

HSI special agents executed a search warrant Oct. 23 issued for a hotel located in Manhattan. The hotel was allegedly lent these statues by Art of the Past gallery, which is owned by Subhash Kapoor. In July, an arrest warrant for Kapoor was issued by the Manhattan Criminal Court on charges he possessed stolen property.

http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1210/121024newyork.htm

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