Dallas Art Heist: Thieves Steal Giant Eyeball Painting

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DALLAS -- There's been an art heist in downtown Dallas!

A 4'x5' painting by Dallas artist Jay Cantrell -- valued at $4,500 -- used to hang in the lobby of the Stone Street Garden building, downstairs from the Woolworth.  But late last week, the artwork vanished.

"I walked in, it was just -- the wall was empty," Cantrell told NewsFix. "It was April 1st, which is April Fools, I thought it was an April Fools joke."

But it was no joke!

Hey, you'd think it'd be easy to keep an eye on the painting, since it's a painting of the famous giant eyeball sculpture that lives right outside the Woolworth's door.

Apparently, someone pulled the huge painting right off the wall and disappeared out the door onto the downtown streets.  They must have carried it right past the giant sculpture outside!

Just because that eye wasn't watching though, doesn't mean the security cameras weren't.  Cantrell says the nearby hotel cams picked up four dudes hauling the painting off around 10:30 p.m. Friday evening, and the cops are investigating.

So if you see the painting, that's who you should call.

"There's a detective that's assigned to the case," Cantrell said. "I just want the thing back."

For now though, it seems we've got art thieves on the loose in the Big D. When they're caught, should the punishment be an eye for an eye??

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