A Portland man and his girlfriend are accused of stealing a valuable painting from his mother’s home and shipping it to a fine art gallery in New York that offered to pay $60,000 for it.
The painting’s owner had removed it from the hallway wall leading to the master bedroom in her condo during a construction project and didn’t realize it was missing until she heard from a Portland police detective and an FBI agent late last month.
The gallery received the painting but grew suspicious when the sellers provided multiple names and addresses of where to send the check, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland.
Ryan Gerard Griffin, 46, and his girlfriend, Valerie Lindsay Marchant, 42, are each accused of interstate transportation of stolen goods and fraud by wire in U.S. District Court in Portland.
Griffin’s mother, Gretchen Holce, 76, had stored the 1988 painting by Tom