Two men have been arrested in connection with an art theft that occurred in December 2016 at Art Avenue in Sarasota, Florida. Anthony J. Larson, 30, of Sarasota, and Rex L. Ballinger, 29, of Sarasota, were each charged with grand theft. Larson was recognized by a resident who called the Sarasota Police Department; Ballinger turned himself in to detectives after seeing himself on the news. Both men have since been bonded out of jail.
The two paintings stolen in December, valued at approximately $7500, have not been recovered. Detectives learned that the paintings were discarded in the Sarasota area after the crime was committed.
Rex L. Ballinger (left), 29, and Anthony J. Larson, 30, both of Sarasota, Florida.
Originally published in the March 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest