Man arrested in theft of trailer containing $250,000 in artwork by Matisse and Chagall


A Canoga Park man was arrested in connection with the theft of a trailer containing $250,000 in artwork by Matisse and Chagall, police said Tuesday.

Robert Michael Slayton was taken into custody Thursday on suspicion of grand theft, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was released hours later on $70,000 bail.

Detectives found the stolen trailer in Slayton’s backyard in the 7700 block of Farralone Avenue in Canoga Park, police said. The trailer was stripped.


Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Art Theft Detail recovered more than $120,000 in stolen art.

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But not all of the stolen art has been recovered.

Los Angeles police art investigators said the 24-foot-long, rectangular 2005 Haulmark trailer and roughly $250,000 in precious cargo disappeared Nov. 20 from an industrial park in Chatsworth.

The inventory of the stolen cargo included antiques, collector’s glass, paintings, sculptures and prints, LAPD art theft Det. Donald Hrycyk said. Artwork by Matisse, Chagall, Miro, Haring and Neiman were also among the stolen pieces.

Anyone who was offered art for sale by Slayton is urged to contact the Art Theft Detail at (213) 486-6940.

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