More than $15,000 of Native American art stolen from Tulsa home after pieces were advertised on sale

TULSA - Tulsa police are looking for information in the theft of more than $15,000 worth of Native Armerican artwork.

The pieces were stolen from a home near East 65th Place and South Fulton Avenue between April 11 and April 14.

Police say the victim advertised the items for sale in a local newspaper between March 28 and March 30.  One of the pieces, a Yeibechai Wedding Ceremony tapestry by Navajo weaver Lula Brown, was priced at $14,000.

Police say within 10 days of the newspaper ad being posted, the victim was contacted and visited by four potential buyers.  Shortly after the showings, the house was broken into and the tapestry was stolen along with two additional pieces of art -- a framed piece signed by R.C. Gorman and a 1987 oil painting titled "Turning Bear Veteran of the Indian Wars" by Merlin Little Thunder.

The images above are of the Yeibechai tapestry and the Gorman painting.

Police are the potential buyers who responded to the newspaper ad to call (918) 596-9181.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS or text Tip918 to CRIMES.

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