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Police have released CCTV footage of the moment two signed Damien Hirst works of art worth £33,000 were stolen from a gallery in London.
The footage shows a suspect going into the gallery by forcing the front doors. He then drove away in a dark-coloured hatchback-type vehicle towards Ladbroke Grove. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0208 246 0230.
The manager of the gallery where the works went missing said they had only acquired the prints four days before the theft. Nathan Engelbrecht had planned to unveil them to clients on Tuesday, adding:
"They were two spot Hirst prints, we had only just got them. It took quite a while to negotiate because we are such a small gallery. Literally four days later and they have been stolen so it's a bit gutting for us."
Engelbrecht said he believed the prints were targeted: "The thief left other works in the gallery, just taking the prints. The store room had not been touched at all. The spot prints are the most recognisable Hirst works, the others we had were left behind.
"The speed at which it happened - we got them on Thursday and they're gone on Monday - just seems a bit coincidental. It seems like it was targeted."
Two signed works of art by Damien Hirst were taken from an upmarket gallery after a suspect stormed the building in Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, London, between 3am and 3.30am on Monday.
The burglar entered the gallery by forcing open the front doors and drove the items away in a dark-coloured hatchback-type vehicle towards Ladbroke Grove, the Metropolitan Police said.
The stolen pieces feature multi-coloured dots - the larger work is entitled Pyronin Y, which was created in 2005 and worth £15,000 and the other is called Oleoylsarcosine, which is valued at £18,000.
Detective Sergeant Jon Lightfoot, from Kensington and Chelsea Borough, said: "It appears the suspect has specifically targeted the two pieces.
"The items would have been visible in the back of the car and we are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to please come forward."
Scotland Yard says two signed Damien Hirst works of art worth £33,000 have been stolen from a gallery in London