$75,000 tapestry stolen in 2000 recovered in undercover sting 

More than a decade after it was stolen, police last week recovered a $75,000 tapestry created by late San Francisco artist Mark Adams.

The piece, one of three panels of Adams’ $250,000 work, “Pond in Golden Gate Park,” was stolen in 2000 while on temporary display at the Moscone Center, according to police, who announced on Friday its recovery and the arrest of a 51-year-old woman, Margarita Andino, of San Francisco, for felony possession of stolen property.

The tapestry was originally commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for display at San Francisco International Airport, according to San Francisco police.

San Francisco Director of Cultural Affairs Luis Cancel in a statement called the recovery “a major victory” for both police and the commission, which was notified earlier this month by Adams’ estate after an unknown person contacted the estate, claiming to be in possession of the stolen panel, police said.

An undercover sting operation, in which police officers posed as prospective buyers, led to Andino’s arrest and the recovery of the piece on Wednesday, police said.

The authenticity of the stolen artwork has since been verified, according to Cancel.

Adams, a well-known tapestry, watercolor and stained glass artist, died at the age of 80 in January 2006, according to news reports at the time.

After the theft, Adams reproduced the stolen panel, and the entire piece is on display at SFO’s Terminal Two, police said.

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