“Blue Dog” Painting Found Hours After French Quarter Theft

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A $250,000 painting stolen from a French Quarter art gallery has been recovered.

         The painting was by the late Louisiana artist George Rodrigue, who was famous for his paintings of a small blue dog.

         It depicts a blue dog, clad in a tuxedo and standing next to Rodrigue's wife Wendy, in her wedding dress.

         Security video showed a man snatching the work from a gallery wall in a brazen Tuesday afternoon theft. Police and a gallery spokesman say members of a local rock band spotted the stolen painting, along with another print of a Rodrigue work, leaning against a building, hours after the theft.

         Eighth District Police Commander Jeff Walls said the band members are not suspects. Police are reviewing more video in hopes of finding the thief.


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