Art restorer nabbed stockpiling valuables

A 28-year-old Greek art restorer has been arrested in London after he allegedly stole from a 52-year-old woman a number of valuable items he was meant to be repairing, Attica police said yesterday. The man has not been named but officers said they had found 23 valuable paintings belonging to the woman in a warehouse in Galatsi which is owned by the suspect’s 58-year-old father. Officers said they are continuing to search for other items that the art restorer may have stolen, as his alleged victim, a member of a shipping family, claims that some jewelry and antiques are also missing from her houses in Greece and abroad. The 52-year-old told police in London, where she reported the matter, that the man had taken the items on the promise of restoring and returning them but did not actually give them back.