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Local artist's stolen painting mailed to downtown library

Alizey Khan recovers painting. (Photo source: Alizey Khan) Alizey Khan recovers painting. (Photo source: Alizey Khan)
Flame Nebula (Photo: www.alizeykhan.com) Flame Nebula (Photo: www.alizeykhan.com)
Robert Wayne Russell Robert Wayne Russell

A local artist says her painting, which had been stolen at the Charleston County Public Library in July, has been recovered.

Alizey Khan said someone mailed her art piece, titled "Flame Nebula," to the library from a UPS store in Rock Hill, NC.

The art piece was one of four of Khan's paintings which were stolen. Khan's three other art pieces were recovered by the Charleston Police Department. Khan said all of the paintings that were stolen will be featured at the Coastal Community Foundation on Oct. 17.

Investigators arrested 57-year-old Robert Wayne Russell and charged him with grand larceny in connection to seven paintings that were stolen from the Charleston County Public Library.

According to authorities, the paintings were stolen between July 30 and Aug. 2 from the Saul Alexander Gallery. Video surveillance showed a man with a backpack walking into the gallery, then grabbing three paintings and quickly leaving.

On Aug. 2, the CCPL held a press conference on the thefts of the paintings, and said security would be increased at the library. Authorities then located Russell that afternoon and arrested him.

Police said they got a photograph of Russell from surveillance video from the library, then showed it at businesses on Reid street. A business owner then identified Russell as the man who sold them three of the stolen paintings.

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