Cops make arrest in decade-old stolen tapestry case 

Long time no see.

A piece of art worth $75,000 has resurfaced after it was stolen more than a decade ago from the Moscone Convention Center. After serving a search warrant at a San Francisco home Wednesday, police arrested a woman for possessing one of the three panels to a tapestry by the late Mark Adams.

Police arrested 51-year-old Margarita Andino for felony possession of stolen property. It was not immediately clear if Andino had anything to do with stealing the artwork from Moscone Center.

Before one of the panels was stolen in 2000, the three-piece tapestry entitled, “Pond in Golden Gate Park,” was slated to be displayed at San Francisco International Airport. The tapestry, worth $250,000 for all three panels, had been on temporary display at Moscone Center, police said.

Before his death, Adams reproduced the piece. The complete “Pond in Golden Gate Park” is now featured in SFO’s Terminal 2.

Officials with the Adams estate called the Arts Commission after Andino made her sales pitch, police said. After the Arts Commission called police, undercover cops contacted the woman and developed enough probable cause to issue a search warrant, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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