Man is searching for stolen artwork that has a lot of emotional valueFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Some extremely valuable paintings have gone missing in Fargo-Moorhead. The value is not in their price, but the memories attached to them.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Some extremely valuable paintings have gone missing in Fargo-Moorhead. The value is not in their price, but the memories attached to them.
One was a portrait of a man who died at 19, it was going to be a gift for his parents.
It's doubtful that the person who stole several paintings from this garage knows their value to the owner, Tyler Ryyth. One of the paintings is a portrait of Tyler's good friend, Tony. Tony died young, at 19. Tyler asked another buddy, James to paint the portrait, based on pictures.
Tyler: "Even though James had never met Tony, he really took it on and kind of understood what it meant for me. During the process of him making it, there was a lot of healing that went on, for me. I would tell James stories while he was working on it."
When it was finished, they planned to send the painting as a gift to Tony's parents. But it never made it into the mail. The portrait, along with several other paintings, went missing.
The paintings were taken from a garage at this apartment building sometime around October. But Tyler says he's not as much concerned about the theft as he is about the emotional value of some of the things that were taken.
Tyler: "It just feels like it's something that hasn't been finished. And it's sort of a blow that we got that close."
Tyler and James started spreading the word on Facebook.
Tyler: "Odds are, it's on someone's wall who just doesn't know where it came from and where it's supposed to be. So, our hope was that a friend of a friend of a friend, or something, would see the site."
The page offers a $325 reward for the return of the priceless paintings. But Tyler says whoever has them can also drop them off anonymously on his doorstep.
Tyler: "No questions asked, no judgements made. I just want it back."
If you have any information regarding the missing art, you can e-mail Tyler at the yahoo account on your screen.