Woman claims evicted renter took $1M Picasso painting
PRESCOTT - An eviction took an odd twist when the property manager of a rental home told police on Monday that an original painting by Pablo Picasso worth $1 million was missing, according to a Prescott police report.
Todd Rose, 53, had been evicted by court order from the residence on Eagle Crest Drive, but was still living there when police were called. A woman who met police showed them court documents indicating that Rose was supposed to have vacated the premises the day before. She told officers she was unable to enter the house because the locks had been changed and the doors had been "secured or barricaded," the report said.
Four officers found a way into the house and began searching it.
"We ran into many doors that were secured by screws that attached the door to the door frame so no one could enter from the outside," the report said.
As they progressed through the house, officers discovered a "possible bomb device" on a door, the report said.
They found Charles Douglas Jr., 18, in one room. Douglas told them he was supposed to be helping Rose move out, and that Rose was unloading a truck full of goods at a storage facility, the report said.
The property owners' representative arrived and told police that several items were missing, including the painting, a large antique tribal mask, a $5,000 rug and two televisions.
When Timothy Marsh, 50, came back with the truck, officers searched it for stolen goods and found one of the missing televisions as well as a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue, the report said. Marsh denied knowing about or using the pipe.
Two officers went to the storage unit and located Rose. He told the property manager that the Picasso was in another storage facility "so it was safe and would not get stolen," the report said. He denied knowing where any of the other stolen goods were.
When an officer asked about the barricaded doors, Rose said he did it "to keep people out," according to the report.
The three were arrested and booked into the Camp Verde jail.
Rose was charged with theft, trespassing and defacing or damaging property. He was booked on a $15,000 bond.
Marsh was booked on a $2,500 bond for possession or use of drug paraphernalia.
Douglas was charged with trespassing. His bond amount was not available.