Wundowie man charged with stealing 25kg portrait

A Wundowie man has been charged with stealing for allegedly taking a 25 kilogram portrait off a wall in a popular Swan Valley venue and attempting to make off with it into nearby bushland.

The 19-year-old will appear in the Midland Magistrates Court on July 5, 2017.

Chapel Farm captured the incident on CCTV, which occurred at around 5.27pm on Saturday, June 10. 

The video shows a man approach the wall and rip the 3D artwork- affectionately known as 'the Stone Warrior' - off its hinges.

He staggers under the weight of the artwork before running through the open door way.

The restaurant owner's daughter, Amy-Joy Walker, said she had been in the kitchen at the time of the incident.

"They came in on a wine tour, and they eventually got cut off because they were being too rowdy and rude," she said.

"As they were about to leave, you can see the guy trying to rip off the portrait from the wall. It was about 25 to 30 kilograms, and held up by full-on brackets. It's screwed into the wall because it's too heavy to be strung up.

"When he got it off and ran, [my waitstaff] Belinda said 'you've got to be joking'. She chased him out the door and then came and got me."

Ms Walker quickly arrived to see the portrait missing from their foyer entrance wall, and took off after the thief.

"Everyone saw him do it, but then he ran off across Toodyay Road and into the bushes across the road," she said.

"That's when I thought 'there's no way I'm going to catch up with him now'- so I just grabbed my sous chef and got in the Jeep, and went off-road looking for him."

The pair soon managed to catch up with the man, and he dropped the portrait in bushland before fleeing the scene. Ms Walker retrieved the artwork, but saw it had suffered damage during the theft.

"There's bits of concrete at the bottom that have been taken off, the canvass has been stretched, and part of his nose is missing," she said.

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