Sep 1, 2010 10:01 PM by Alison Haynes

Co-owner of painting missing in NY ID'd as a thief

NEW YORK (AP) - First it was a curious tale of a $1.3 million
painting a middleman said he drunkenly lost while trying to help a
friend sell it in New York.
Now a part owner of the painting is withdrawing her lawsuit
against the middleman - after she identified the canvas' co-owner
as an admitted art thief.
Kristyn Trudgeon's lawyer says she learned Wednesday from seeing
a prison mug shot that co-owner Thomas Doyle pleaded guilty in 2007
to stealing a bronze Edgar Degas sculpture from a wealthy
collector. Doyle was paroled in December.
Messages left at numbers and addresses listed in Doyle's name
and for his former lawyers weren't immediately returned.
The fate of the painting remains a mystery. Police say no
complaint about the disappearance of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's
(zhahn-bab-TEEST'-kuh-MEEL' kohr-OH') "Portrait of a Girl" had
been filed.


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