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Art Theft

Fat boy finally comes home. The F.B.I. works a miracle in recovering a stolen Norman Rockwell painting.

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PHILADELPHIA — No matter where the Grant family lived, the Norman Rockwell painting of a chubby boy resting against a tree had always been hung in a place where it was sure to be seen. Robert Grant’s children knew that painting — the one he bought for $50 or $100, depending on whom you ask — was something their father had treasured.

Sometimes, it had a spot in the living room so conspicuous that in Christmas photographs, the boy looms over the Grant children as they open presents. It had also been in the entryway of their home in Cherry Hill, N.J. It was one of the first things visitors noticed when they walked through the front door.

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