An art gallery in Sussex has been targeted by burglars, who stole artwork from the venue in broad daylight.
On Saturday (July 16th), a group of men took valuable pieces from the Two Faced Twins Art Gallery in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, The Sussex Express reported.
Although the gallery, owned by identical twins Stella and Gem Stevens, had a member of staff looking after the premises at the time, the men were able to grab “whatever they could get their hands on” as he was outnumbered.
On their social media pages, the artists wrote: “Staff were in the gallery shouting at the thieves, but they just carried on taking things and running away.”
They have pleaded to the public to look out for anything suspicious, such as people trying to sell their contemporary-style artwork or carrying large paintings.
The gallery, which was opened after they showcased their unique illustrations and digital pieces on the Worthing seafront in 2020, was targeted at 1720, when it was still light outside.
Sussex Police want to find six men in connection with the crime, including a black man aged between 20 and 30 wearing wrap-around sun-glases, who is thought to be around six-foot-two-inches tall.
The member of staff who was on duty that day said this man distracted him while the others starting to steal the artwork.
Speaking with the news provider, he said: “It was unpleasant. I was literally surrounded by people trying to pick things up.”
In just a few weeks, Stella and Gem celebrate the second anniversary of the gallery’s opening and are hosting an event to mark the special occasion. On August 12th, they are opening between 1900 and 2100 for print signing, and new product and print launches.
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