19 of Canadian Armenian artist’s stolen paintings are found

Quebec provincial police have recovered 19 paintings done by renowned Canadian Armenian artist Armand Tatossian, which were stolen over a decade ago, CBC reported.

When Mary Tatossian came across a painting online on Kijiji done by her late brother, Armand Tatossian, she was shocked because the painting had been stolen over a decade ago. Its price was below $2,000, which is considerably lower than the average price of the artist’s paintings.

Quebec provincial police have recovered more than a dozen paintings by Armand Tatossian that were stolen from a storage locker in a suburb of Montreal.

Quebec provincial police spokesperson Audrey-Anne Bilodeau told As It Happens 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.

Armand Tatossian had died in 2012. His sister, Mary Tatossian,  told As It Happens about the sentimental value of the paintings. She said this was such a gift for her family.

Tatossian said there were over 60 paintings that were missing, and police had found 19 of them. They were among the Tatossian family’s collection, and they included paintings by Armand Tatossian’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and which his grandparents and great-grandparents had brought with them to Canada, after the Armenian Genocide.

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