Published: January 23, 2007
Miami-Dade Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are jointly investigating a series of thefts committed Friday, January 5, during the Miami National Antiques Show.
According to FBI Special Agent Amanda Moran, approximately seven vehicles were broken into in a parking lot used by antiques dealers exhibiting at the January 5–7 show managed by Dolphin Promotions of Chicago and Fort Lauderdale.
The Miami National Antiques Show takes place at the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel at 711 NW 72nd Avenue in Miami.
According to Moran, one exhibitor, Scott Dalzell of Kansas City, Mo., lost 33 Sevres porcelain plates centering individual portraits of Napoleonic field marshals or their wives. The plates have cobalt blue and gilt rims. Each portrait is identified in script on the back of the plate. The plates are additionally marked “M Imp 1e de Sevres” and initialed “C.G.” or “C.C.”
Included in the group are 14 plates, each about 9½ inches in diameter; 14 plates, each about 8 inches in diameter; one large oblong fish platter, about 24 by 8 inches, with portraits of Napoleon’s brother, Jerome Bonaparte, and two women; two large oval platters, each about 18 inches long, with portraits; and two oblong sauce dishes, each about 7 inches long. The ceramics were wrapped in blue diapers and stored in a purple plastic bin.
“All the vehicles were parked in the same vicinity, pretty far from the hotel, in the west lot,” said Dade County police detective David Jaramillo. “The windows of the vehicles were broken or, in some cases, the locks were punched out of side doors.”
Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to contact the FBI’s Miami office at 305-944-9101. For anonymous tips, call Crime Stoppers 305-471-TIPS.
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