Norman Rockwell painting still missing 40 years after theft from home

CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- A Norman Rockwell painting that was stolen from a New Jersey home 40 years ago this week is still missing and the FBI is putting new attention on the crime.

The painting, known by many names including Boy Asleep with Hoe, Taking a Break, and Lazybones, was stolen during a break-in to a Cherry Hill, NJ home on June 30, 1976.

The piece dates back to 1919. It is oil on canvas, approximately 25 inches by 28 inches, and was featured on the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.

The painting has been entered in the FBI's National Stolen Art File, and Interpol's Stolen Works of Art Database.

On the 40th anniversary of the theft, the FBI Art Crime Team and the Cherry Hill Police Department are renewing calls for help in locating the piece.

Anyone who may have information on the painting's theft or current location is asked to contact the FBI at 215-418-4000.
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