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Crime Trackers: Stolen art collection worth $100,000

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An expensive art collection is missing from a home in Green Valley.

The collection includes rare pieces of Steuben glass and a bronze sculpture. The collector died in 2014.

His daughter discovered the items missing when she went through his belongings this past October.

For the last three months, detectives at the Pima County Sheriff's Department's Green Valley substation have been investigating the mysterious theft.

The glass art collection is worth about $100,000. Some of the pieces date back to the early 1900s. For Sunnie Kent, it holds more value than what the pieces are worth.

“The monetary value is considerably less than the emotional attachment,” she said.

Her father, Dr. Richard Kent PhD, was a mathematical physicist. He died Sept. 11, 2014. 

“He was a really great dad,” said Kent.

Imagine her reaction when she discovered her late father's prized art collection went missing, along with other valuables.

“Plus, there was jewelry of her mother, who also passed away, that was also missing," said Kent's fiance, Nicholas Boskovich.

A 6-foot bronze sculpture was also reported missing.

Kent said they found the house in disarray. She said there was a caretaker looking after the property over the past decade.

Kent called him to the house and then called PCSD deputies.

There was no forced entry, so questions needed to be answered, including why the home's electric bill was three-times the normal price.

“We suspect that this person sort of camped out in the house and went through everything and stole everything over that month long period," Boskovich said.

Kent said her father loved Green Valley and its residents. That is why she is urging residents to be careful who they allow in their homes. She said it is important to check the backgrounds of anyone who does work for them.  

She is asking the person who took the art collection to please return it.  She is also asking the public to check the photographs of the art because someone may have sold the pieces to residents.

If you have information, call 911 or if you want to remain anonymous call 88-CRIME.

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