'Honest Living' Painting Leads to Arrests in SoCal Art Theft

Police say it took a painting called "An Honest Living" to catch a pair of crooks.

The oil painting, which depicts a blues band, was one of 250 works that burglars stole from the Laguna Beach home of artist John Cosby in April.

The paintings were valued at $750,000.

About two weeks ago, a Texas collector of Cosby's work noticed "An Honest Living" being offered on eBay for the bargain price of $1,500.

Cosby was notified and contacted a police detective, who tracked the advertiser.

Police say that led to the arrest of Michael Voss of Laguna Niguel and his roommate Thomas Hendricks.

Some of the other stolen paintings were found on the men's walls and the rest were in a storage unit.

Yesterday, Voss pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen property. Hendricks faces charges of receiving stolen property exceeding
$150,000.
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Information from: The Orange County Register,
http://www.ocregister.com

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