The windows of the Eggman & Walrus gallery will forever be closed during nonbusiness hours after someone stole two pieces of art through an open window vent sometime Wednesday night.
Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo, curator of the Eggman & Walrus gallery on West San Francisco Street, said he walked into the gallery and noticed an art piece was missing from a back corner, lit by a row of nearby open windows.
What he didn't know was that the piece was found less than a block away hanging on a flag pole outside the Chuck Jones Gallery on West Palace Avenue.
Trujillo thought someone with a key to the gallery must have stolen the piece, called Carmen
by Wes Naman, until he noticed a birdhouse sculpture next to the same window also was stolen.
"After doing some experiments myself, I realized someone could've reached their arm in and lifted these things out," Trujillo said.
The window looks out to a small roof of the downtown complex, which somebody had climbed onto in order to reach in and grab the art, according to a police report.
Santa Fe police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns said police dusted the scene for fingerprints but do not have any suspects.
Trujillo checked the second level's roof and found the birdhouse that had been stolen. Police said the items were stolen sometime between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
On Thursday morning, the director of the Chuck Jones Gallery, Mike Bundy, arrived at his own gallery and saw a unfamiliar piece of art hanging from his flag pole.
"I thought, well that's weird, I hope I didn't leave any of my art out all night," Bundy said, laughing.
At the suggestion of a co-worker, Bundy took the piece over to Eggman & Walrus to see if anything was missing from its walls.
"I looked at the wall, and I saw three similar photos and a blank space," Bundy said.
The piece's frame was damaged, but the print itself remained in tact.
is part of a show that opened Friday at Eggman & Walrus called Ferus
, which runs through July 14. The birdhouse, which sat on another sculpture's head, was not replaced as of Friday afternoon because of damage.
"It's just incredible that we recovered both pieces," Trujillo said.
Police, after responding to the 911 call, provided some advice to Trujillo.
"He was advised to close his windows at night," Dobyns said.
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