FBI still searching for Rockwell painting stolen in 1976



On the 40th anniversary of the theft of a 1919 Norman Rockwell painting from a home in Cherry Hill, federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in recovering the stolen artwork.

The painting, featured on the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post, was among several items taken during the June 1976 break-in at the New Jersey residence.

The oil-on-canvas piece measures about 25 inches by 28 inches and goes by names such as “Boy Asleep with Hoe,” ”Taking a Break” and “Lazybones.” It has been entered into the FBI’s national stolen art file and Interpol’s stolen works of art database.

The FBI Art Crime Team and the Cherry Hill Police Department are asking anyone with knowledge of the painting’s whereabouts to call 215-418-4000.

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