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Art Theft

A stolen painting by British artist Stanley Spencer was returned to its owners five years after it was taken when authorities located the $1.3 million piece of work under a drug dealer’s bed, next to cocaine and ecstasy tablets, officials said.

Authorities located the painting, titled “Cookham from Englefield” and worth 1 million pounds ($1.3 million), after raiding Harry Fisher’s apartment in Kingston-Upon-Thames, southwest of London in the United Kingdom, the U.K. government said on Sunday. Fisher, 28, was caught last June when police stopped him in a Mercedes and found cocaine and about $40,000 in cash.

Police conducted a raid and found the valuable painting hidden under Fisher’s bed. Another 3 kilograms of cocaine and 15,000 ecstasy tablets were discovered next to it.

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