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LA Sheriff's Department keeps stolen Rembrandt for now

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said 'The Judgment,' a $250,000 Rembrandt artwork that was stolen from a Marina del Rey hotel, was located in Encino on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.

September 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
There's a new development in the case of a Rembrandt sketch that was stolen from a local hotel and recovered days later.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is refusing to return the artwork until its ownership can be verified.

The sketch was stolen from the Marina del Rey Ritz Carlton on Aug. 13, and it was found two days later at an Encino church.

It belongs to the Bay Area Linearis Institute, but the sheriff's department said the institute has not shown proof that it owns the sketch.