Authorities recover stolen Rembrandt

The Judgement by Rembrandt

A drawing by Rembrandt, valued at $250,000 and stolen from a hotel in California has been recovered.

Authorities said early Tuesday they had recovered the Dutch master's 17th century sketch at a San Fernando Valley church, about 20 miles from the luxury hotel lobby where it was snatched over the weekend from a private art display while a curator was momentarily distracted by someone who seemed interested in buying another piece.

The pen-and-ink drawing, called The Judgment, was snatched on Saturday while a curator was distracted by a guest at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey.

"When the curator turned back to the Rembrandt, it was gone," Steve Whitmore, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman, said. He described it as being "a well-thought-out, well-executed theft".

Investigators were studying surveillance video from the hotel and officials asked anyone who spotted anything suspicious to contact the sheriff's department. "The Ritz-Carlton has some of the best hotel security in the nation," Mr Whitmore said.

The drawing was part of an exhibit at the hotel.

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