Quebec provincial police have recovered 19 paintings done by renowned Canadian-Armenian artist Armand Tatossian, which were stolen over a decade ago, CBC reports.
When Mary Tatossian came across a painting online done by her late brother, renowned Canadian artist Armand Tatossian, she was shocked.
That’s because the painting had been stolen over a decade ago.
Quebec provincial police, Sûreté du Québec, have recovered more than a dozen paintings by Armand Tatossian that were stolen from a storage locker in Vaudreuil Dorion, a suburb of Montreal.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Audrey-Anne said that a 51-year-old man was arrested on September 20. He has since been released, and is expected to be charged with theft and possession of stolen goods.
Mary says some of the paintings in the family collection had been made before the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and had been brought by her grandparents and great-grandparents.
“So, you know, there are some paintings that were made before the Armenian genocide, 1915, that my grandparents and great-grandparents had brought with them,” she said.
The family actually doesn’t have the paintings back in hand, they are still with the police.