Two passengers on board the Carnival Legend are currently the focus of an FBI investigation following a recent theft of artwork valued at nearly $13,000.
The robbery occurred on a cruise that left Baltimore for Bermuda on September 24 and returned on September 30.
On October 1, a Carnival Legend art auctioneer reported that sculptures from the ship’s art gallery had gone missing, leading to the discovery of the theft.
On September 29, surveillance video showed a couple walking into the gallery empty-handed and leaving a short while later with what looked to be the missing sculptures.
Two pieces of art taken are “Tappin’ the Keys for the Love” by Marcus Glenn, estimated to be worth about $6,600, and “Kiss the Sea” by Robert Wyland, estimated to be worth $6,200.
These sculptures are compact enough to tuck into a typical backpack.
A Facebook account belonging to one of the suspects was found during the FBI’s investigation. The person wearing the same clothes seen in the ship’s surveillance footage was depicted in a photo on the account.
After investigating, the FBI obtained a search warrant and gathered the stolen sculptures from the suspects’ Baltimore homes.
Although no official charges have been filed as of yet, theft and the transportation of stolen goods are currently being investigated as crimes.
The FBI has previously assisted in recovering stolen art before this incident. A 300-year-old painting that had been taken from a German museum in 1945 was successfully returned by the agency in October.
Regarding this incident, Carnival Cruise Line, well-known for its art auctions, has not released any official statement.
Additionally, the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland has remained silent regarding the current investigation.
Reference- Business Insider, Independent
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