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FBI Has Recovered At Least 2,650 Missing Pieces of Art And Artifacts Since 2004

This Charles Darwin letter was stole in the 1970s and was recently recovered.

This Charles Darwin letter was stole in the 1970s and was recently recovered.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has found at least 2,650 missing art pieces or historical artifacts since 2004, according to a review by News4 Washington. 

The bureau’s Art Crime Team, a specialized unit to combat art fraud and theft, recovered the pieces.

Agents recently found a stolen historic letter authored by Charles Darwin in 1870s. The letter was stolen from the Smithsonian Archives in Washington D.C. in the 1970s. It was recovered on May 26.

“It is an important part of our heritage,” FBI Special Agent Marc Hess said. “It may not be worth a lot monetarily, but it’s worth a lot to scholars.”

Other cases involve artifacts, paintings and other valuable works of art and history.

The FBI says art theft and fraud is on the rise.

Washington State to Remove Paintings by Inmate Who Killed 2 FBI Agents

fbi-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four pieces of art painted by a man in prison for murdering two FBI agents are being removed by a Washington state agency.

The Retired FBI Agents Association complained about the paintings, which are hanging near the front doors of the state Department of Labor and Industries’ headquarters in Tumwater, Washington, Capital Justice reports. 

Leonard Peltier, 71, a Native American activist, created the paintings while in prison for murdering two FBI agents during a standoff on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.

“He’s nothing but a thug,” said retired FBI agent Ray Lauer. “He’s an unrepentant cop killer.”

“For the state of Washington to use taxpayers’ dollars to basically offer a free art gallery to somebody who is a convicted cop killer, I find it, as a law enforcement officer, appalling and quite frankly disgusting as taxpayer also,” Lauer said.

The paintings were part of an exhibit to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month.