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Police: Oyster Bay Man Confesses to Stealing $100,000 Worth Of Art

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MINEOLA, NY (CBSNewYork) – Was it a cry from his conscience?

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Whatever prompted him to do it, Nassau Police say 51-year-old James Watt of Oyster Bay called 911 to turn himself in.

“He does like his landlord. He felt very bad. He had been doing apparently well, then relapsed,” police Lt. William Carrey told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

Police say Watt told them he stole a number of pieces of art from his landlord, including statues and paintings. The artworks were worth approximately $100,000.

Police say Watt sold the stolen art to Coin Galleries of Oyster Bay. There’s no word on how much he sold them for.

Watt faces grand larceny charges. He’s being arraigned today.