Rare Cortez print stolen in burglary

Pictured is a photo of the rare Jenness Cortez painting of the 1996 Horse of the Year, Cigar, that was stolen in an Edinburg burglary. Police are asking for the public’s help to recover the print. (Photo submitted)

EDINBURG — A rare painting by Jenness Cortez was stolen during a burglary of a home in Edinburg and investigators with the New York State Police are looking for assistance from the public in locating the limited-edition print.

Troopers said on Oct. 30, they responded to a report of a home burglary in the town of Edinburg which occurred sometime between Oct. 27 and 30.

Taken during the burglary was a framed, rare print of the 1996 Horse of the Year, Cigar, painted by Cortez.

It is numbered, No. 224 of only 250 prints produced and has her signature in the lower right corner.

The print is valued at $8,000.

Additional items were taken during the burglary, including five fishing poles with tackle valued at $300 and an $80 cordless drill.

Investigators believe the painting may have been sold locally with the buyer not realizing the origin or dollar value, or that it will be sold under the same conditions– no one knowing the exact true value.

Troopers are asking anyone who may have seen the print or has knowledge about the burglary to call them at (518) 853-4708.


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