Stolen Oil Landscape Painting – Geo Duchesne


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Here’s the Story…


A man who came into possession of the painting realized it was stolen after a Google search led to it’s listing on Stolen 911.   Since January, Nellie Hill heard nothing after reporting the painting stolen to police and posting it to Stolen 911.   That all changed on August 20th, when a phone call came in 7 months after the theft. That call was form a Marin County man who had come into possession of the painting. Within a day, Hill had her painting back.   “Some people said I would never see it again.” “I was surprised when the call came in” said Hill.

Nellie Hill of Berkeley poses with her recovered oil painting that was stolen in January 2015

Nellie Hill of Berkeley poses with her recovered oil painting that was stolen in January 2015.

ORIGINAL POST from 1/27/2015…

This painting was delivered by UPS in a bike-size package, put behind the house. Within an hour the painting was taken in the package.

The stolen painting is about 22 x 29” and the frame is another few inches. The frame is a lightweight brown wooden frame, somewhat loose (and dusty). The painting is an oil of a flat forest of aspen or birch with a dirt road going up the middle, bright light of sun after rain. My guess is it’s early or mid-20th century, or later. I have three photos.


Nellie’s success with Stolen 911 was also covered in Berkeleyside, ABC 7 News and KPIX CBS News.

Listing ID: 005446

November 12, 2015 10:42 pm

387 days, 1 hour

The Details…

Date of Theft1/26/2015
Location of TheftBerkeley, CA
Police Report Filed?Yes
Name of Police AgencyBerkeley PD
Case Number2015-00090153
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