Republic Parking employee recovers photographs stolen from Ann Arbor Art Fair
A man who swiped three framed photographs from a booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair early Wednesday morning dropped the pictures when a Republic Parking employee yelled at him in the Maynard Street parking structure, city police said.
The thief got away, but the photographs were returned to a booth in the 300 block of Thompson Street about 2:20 a.m., police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said.
The art was stolen from a 63-year-old Illinois man who was getting his booth organized for the start of the fair. He wasn't aware anyone had taken the photographs, police said.
The parking employee got involved after he saw a man running through the structure carrying the pictures. He yelled at the man and chased him. The man dropped the photographs in a stairwell, hopped a railing and ran away, police said.
The pictures, valued at $600, were in good shape, with the exception of a mark on one of the frames, Bush said. The thief was described as white, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and in his mid-20s. He had short, dark hair and was clean-shaven.
Anyone with information can call the police department's tip line at (734) 794-6939.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.