the following message ATADA Theft Alert on October
A contemporary Navajo pictorial "Tree of
Life" weaving was stolen from a Cameron, AZ Trading post
on October 14, 2008. An image of this weaving is posted
at http://www.atada.org/theft.html#cameron1 .
Please check this image and be alert for someone trying
to sell this rug.
We received the
following message from ATADA member Steve Begner today
August 26, 2008:
We had an item stolen from our showcase at the Whitehawk
Show on Wednesday,
August 20 at about 3:30 PM The item stolen was a bear carved
by Leekya Deyuse. It
is about 3" long, carved from banded brown nutria rock, and
has a coral and turquoise bundle with a small turquoise arrowhead
facing backwards. The
head of the bear is turned to the side, and the piece is
easily recognizable as Leekya's work.
A police report has been filed with the Santa Fe PD, and
the case number is
08-013276. The investigating officer
is Rachel Meserve, and the phone number of the PD is (505)
955-5038. Anyone with further
information can also call Turkey Mountain Traders at (480)
No photo of the bear is available, as it was a very recent
However, the banding in the rock is quite distinctive.
An Antique Squash Blossom Necklace went missing in transit
to Santa Fe on August 7.
An image and details are posted
at http://www.atada.org/theft.html#Struever01 .
This item may appear on the street or be offered to a dealer
in one of the August shows in Santa Fe.
Two items in the upcoming Allard Auction in Santa Fe, August
16 and 17, 2008 lot 302 and lot 771, appear to be misrepresented
as Zuni. You may see images and details at
Acoma Olla was stolen this morning, June 17, 2008 from
an Old Town, Albuquerque,
NM Gallery. A Photo is now posted at http://www.atada.org/theft.html#Nizhoni1
The lesson from our previous alerts is clear - if there are
items on the ATADA theft alert page or on the ATADA Caveat
Emptor page, they are very difficult to sell, and must be
kept out of sight, even in a home collection. Note that there
is no statute of limitations on stolen property in the USA.
Let the buyer beware!
Please look at these images and check anything that is offered
against the images on the ATADA Theft Alert and the ATADA
Caveat Emptor pages.