On the night of Dec. 13, FBI men entered a flophouse in Bridgewater, Pa., and arrested a chunky character named Ralph Charlton Hobbs. The G-men charged that he was one of a gang that last July stole ten paintings from the home of Millionaire Collector G. David Thompson in the Pittsburgh suburb of Whitehall. Hobbs was picked up after he opened direct negotiations with Thompson on Thompson's no-questions-asked offer of $100,000 for the return of the paintings. In fact, to show his good faith, Hobbs had returned one Picasso; the G-men. after trailing Hobbs for three months, found the other paintings...
The Press: Paintnaping Perils
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