Suspect wanted after Ali painting stolen

Thief stole painting from Ali Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It was ripped from the wall and when you look closely, you can still see the outline where the painting used to hang.

“We can't do nothing special without somebody ruining it.  It's just unbelievable,” resident and Ali fan Anthony Scruggs said. 

A print of the Greatest was stolen from the Muhammad Ali Center and people in the champ's hometown are upset. 

“Muhammad Ali, ya know he helped make Louisville what Louisville is today, ya know and it's sad,” Herman Peeler, another resident, said.

Police say they are looking a man who was captured by surveillance cameras taking the piece of artwork created by artist Leroy Neiman. 

“For somebody to take it, what are they going to do with it?  Put it in their house?  They can't sell it because somebody obviously is going to know it's stolen,” resident Courtney Williams said.

 

 


LeRoy Neiman is known for years of paintings at the Oaks and Derby from the Paddock, but was also a longtime companion to Ali.

“Leroy admired Muhammad, Muhammad admired Leroy, he would go ringside to a lot of his fights, in fact I believe he was at Rumble in the Jungle,” Jeanie Kahnke from the Muhammad Ali Center said. 

The Leroy Neiman exhibit at the Muhammad Ali Center holds more than 60 works of art, but that blank spot on the wall has Ali lovers hoping for an arrest. 

“I'm pretty sure that this guy is going to be shunned wherever he goes, whatever jail he goes to he's going to be shunned,” Peeler said.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call 574-LMPD. 


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