Art Thief Suspect Arrested In Maryland

Art Thief Suspect Arrested In Maryland

Sharon J. Walker, wanted in Alexandria on multiple grand larceny charges, was arrested Sunday night by Mount Rainier (Md.) police. Walker, 46, was being sought for stealing paintings from galleries in Old Town Alexandria.

Walker was apprehended just after 11 p.m. Sunday and is being held in at the Prince George’s County jail, pending extradition to Alexandria.

Walker is facing two grand larceny charges in Alexandria for the Oct. 22, thefts from two art galleries, the Principle Gallery at 208 King Street and Studio Antiques at 524 North Washington Street. A security camera captured Walker entering Studio Antiques just before the theft.

Walker was identified after police received tips from the public who had recognized her on the security video which was on the local news.

The investigation continues into at least 10 other thefts of paintings, sculptures and antiques from Old Town galleries which occurred in the past year. Additional charges may be filed.