Man pleads not guilty to stealing $500,000 worth of artwork

A Medford man who police say is responsible for stealing $500,000 worth of paintings and other pricey items from East End homes entered a not

RIVERHEAD - A Medford man who police say is responsible for stealing $500,000 worth of paintings and other pricey items from East End homes entered a not guilty plea today.

Angel Palencia, a carpenter and painter, is accused of stealing from the people he worked for.

Palencia allegedly burglarized six upscale summer homes this past January and February; one in Southold, two in Shelter Island, one in East Hampton Village and two in Southampton.

In addition to the artwork, Palencia is accused of stealing a sterling silver tea set and a French stamp collection worth $2,000.

All of the stolen items were found by police inside Palencia's Medford home after he tried to sell them to an art dealer, investigators say.

However, detectives believe this may just be the tip of the iceberg since many homeowners might not know yet that they've been robbed.

Police are still investigating whether Palencia had accomplices in the crimes.

Palencia is being held on $500,000 bail.

Pricey paintings stolen from East End home

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