The pieces, painstakingly crafted by local artist Barbara Chadwick and valued at over $15,000, were removed from the 778 Main Road restaurant’s walls during a night-time break-in through a restaurant window.
The break-in was discovered the next day. No other items were taken from the establishment.
Westport detectives said Monday that they continue to search for both the artwork and the thief or thieves.
Police are asking the public to assist by providing any information possibleabout the crime or the location of the stolen art collection.
Sailor’s Valentines are described as intricate shell mosaics using hundreds of small shells, displayed in a shadow box. Ms. Chadwick’s collection had been on display at the restaurant and was the subject of a recent article in a New Bedford newspaper.
The Chadwick family has offered a reward up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s).
Anyone with information is asked to contact Westport Police at 508-636-1122 or Detective Ryan Nickelson at 774-264-5174 who is leading the investigation.