Historic Preservation Theft

The Stained Glass Fence

by Michael R. Allen

On one of those rare instances where we watch network television news, we caught a report on a KTVI Channel 2 news program about the South Patrol’s efforts to return stolen stained glass windows to south city building owners. Buried at the end of the reports was this tidbit:

The thief sold all of the windows to a single local antiques dealer who cut a deal with police to escape prosecution.

There’s the real story. The police can catch every “stained glass bandit” and these dealers remain, ready to sell stolen goods and fueling the market in thievery by creating demand.

Who was this dealer? KTVI didn’t release the name.