Police detectives have made an arrest in the Sept. 4 heist of original glass-blown art pieces from a parked cargo trailer in Richmond, and say all the art pieces valued at $200,000 have been recovered.
Mario Silva of Richmond (pictured below) was arrested after confessing to the theft of 17 pieces of artwork — some equivalent to the size of a human torso — from the trailer in the 3800 block of Roosevelt Avenue, police said.
Chicago artist Alexis Silk had planned to show her year’s worth of work at the annual art and wine show in Sausalito. The cargo trailer was parked in front of her friend’s home, police said. The art was stolen the day before the show.
Silk reported the theft to RPD, which sent out a media notice that we published.
“We showed you photographs of the artwork, asked for tips, and spread the word on social and mainstream media,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said. “Well, it worked. RPD’s Property Crimes Detective Josh Clark immediately put his investigative skills to the test and gathered enough information he received through social media. His leads, coupled with good police work led him [Mario Silva].”
Best part is all the art was recovered and returned to Silk. The suspect left some in the city’s Central District and the rest were found in a storage container, Tan said.