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Highway robbery in Gin Gin an unusual case

STOLEN ART: A partial image of the painting stolen from the Highway Hotel in Gin Gin that police are trying to track down. Photo: contributed
STOLEN ART: A partial image of the painting stolen from the Highway Hotel in Gin Gin that police are trying to track down. Photo: contributed contributed

GIN GIN police are investigating an unusual crime in the small town after a 104-year-old painting was stolen from a local pub.

An oil painting created in 1910 by William (Bill) Wood which belongs to his son Gavin had been hanging at the Highway Hotel for quite some time.

Gin Gin Police Officer in Charge Sergeant Tim Marrinan said the incident happened mid last month.

"The painting was removed from the wall to clean the wall when the new owners took over in July 2014," Sgt Marrinan said.

"The painting was left leaning against a wall of the breeze way in the Public Bar prior to being put back on to the wall and it was stolen from where it lay.

"It was stolen between July 15 and July 23, 2014."

The officer said inquiries had so far proved fruitless and there were no witnesses.

"Mr Wood is very upset that someone would steal the painting from the hotel whilst it was removed from the wall," Sgt Marrinan said.

"It's a family possession and now it's gone," he said.

"It would just be nice to get it back."

The painting depicts an old mill water wheel, a body of water and a man fishing.

It is set in autumn and has mainly orange, yellow and red colouring.

"The value of it is unknown but that's the big thing is the sentimental value," Sgt Marrinan said.

"The painting has been in his family since 1910 and is over 100 years old. Mr Wood just wants the painting returned to him."

Sgt Marrinan said the oil painting was in a wooden frame with no glass across the front.

"It may have the initials WW on the front of the oil painting but it could also be on the back," he said.

"It is unusual to have a piece of art stolen.

"We just want it returned."

The artwork is 70cm wide and 45cm high.

Sgt Marrinan encouraged the thieves to return the art to the hotel or the police station and urged anyone with information about the theft to contact Gin Gin Police on 4157 2211 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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