UPDATE: Public helps track down suspected UW art thief, painting returned

UPDATED Tuesday, December 3, 2013 --- 11:34 a.m.

UW-Madison Police say tips from the public helped them track down a woman who allegedly stole a piece of art from Union South.

Police identified the woman as 66-year-old Hildegard Neujahr.

Officers say that on Monday, she admitted to taking the painting, but only to show her interior designer for color ideas in her home.

She reportedly told officers she thought it was artwork done by a student, and she thought it was OK to take it.

Neujahr was cited for misdemeanor theft. Police say she was very cooperative with authorities.

The artwork will soon be returned to its home at Union South.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 26, 2013 --- 11:35 a.m.
Posted Tuesday, November 26, 2013 --- 11:03 a.m.

UW-Madison Police are asking for the public's help as they look for a woman who stole an expensive piece of artwork from Union South.

The theft was reported on Friday. Union Staff noticed the 9x12 inch painting was missing from the wall in the 1308 Gallery

The artwork is valued at $700.

The artwork was taken on Nov. 20th around noon. The crime was caught on a nearby security camera, and police have released a photo hoping to drum up some leads.

If you have any information about this crime, or the identity of the suspect, please call the UW-Madison Police Department at (608) 264-COPS.


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