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„„„„.. . painting, stolen from St. Joseph's College early Monday i was willed to the college by the FBI Enters Probe Into Theft At Rensselaer RENSSELAER, Ind. (UPI)The (UPI)The Federal Bureau of Investigation Investigation today entered a probe into the theft from a quiet Roman Catholic college library of a disputed painting attributed to the Renaissance master Century. The league said the work was more likely the work of one of Bellini's students." Father Banet said St.Joseph's Father Banet declined comment on the matter of insurance. Finch said it was believed two men took part in the robbery J.' CllllCJ. J^t*uv-w utt*vt ww.« — — — f— — jjjtll LWUAi pa_L 0 ILL uiv- i w" — j has "never promoted the paint-1 between 10 p.m. Sunday and 6 ..... „_;_;_„! —i, «f i^i-i arrL Monday. He said a night ing as an original work of Bellini. Bellini. We have simply reported i what the donor said it was ATI usoicia »-= advised to worth... the painting's current be alert for the painting, en-1 value would ^seem to be some- titled "The Virgin and Child' "• I " i : - J ~' : - < - " with St. Nicholas of Bari and a Donor." late Bohumir Kryl, a Bohemian immigrant who. once played the cornet under bandmaster John Phillip Sousa. The Rev. Charles H. Banet, president of St. Joseph's, said what indefinite" He said an appraisal of the painting had never been made. The college statement said Kryl purchased the missing painting from the Parke-Bernet Galleries in New York City in 1963 for only $2,600. It said the gallery had authentications of at -$350 000. The estimate was based upon a ?350,000 offer Kryl had received for the painting, Father Banet said. Doubts Expressed Banet, in a statement issued early today, said that based on a study of photographs of the work made in 1961, the Chicago Art League "expressed doubts that it was an original Bellini but believed it was a work from the Venetian school of the 16th watchman at the building left twice during the night, once when a school car broke down and a second time to get gas for his own auto, and was gone for only minutes each time. The painting and its frame weighing about 80 pounds apparently apparently were dragged from a glass-enclosed display case to a rear door. Finch said the robbers appar- gallery had autnenucauons 01 , ^ ^°IV.L a , r ^ B ^^nf open an oak door wit* a screw- terpiece done in the year 1507. Largest Theft Since 19G1 If Kryl's evaluation of $350,000 $350,000 was correct, the theft would be the largest art robbery since 1961. In that year, thieves escaped with Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from Britain's Britain's National Gallery. The work, valued at $392,000, was recovered only recently. State Trooper Ivan Finch, who conducted the investigation into the robbery, said he did not believe believe the painting was insured.! driver and a prying bar. One of the thieves was esti mated to be at least 6-feet 2-inches tall, Finch said. He of art were valued at about ilG.OOO each. An FBI agent arrived in Rensselaer Monday evening and was expected to take part in a further investigation of the theft today. Finch said the painting and its frame were 44}£ inches wide at the base, 39 inches wide at the top and 37 inches tall. He said the thieves may have backed a truck or car to the rear door from a driveway 150 feet away, but added the grass and ground was too hard to reveal reveal tire tracks. Fragments of the painting's frame were found on the cement cement and tile floor leading to the back door, indicating the picture was dragged between library book stacks to the rear of the building, Finch said. FOSHAY NOMINATED NEW YORK (UPI)—William Ward Foshay of New York has been nominated for the presidency presidency of the United States Golf Association in 1966. Foshay's said the estimate was based on evidence that a painting, had been lifted out of its case over another case. Finch said the rogbers apparently apparently knew what they were after because too other paintings paintings were removed from their cases but not taken from the buildin candidacy will be formally presented to the nominating committee on Jan. 29 in New York. ARMY STAR OUT NEW YORK (UPI) Halfback Halfback Mark Hamilton of Army sustained a torn thigh muscle in Saturday's 29-28 loss to Colgate and will miss next Saturday's game in Chicago He said the other two pieces against the Air Force.