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Cops: Unlikely Bandit Steals Yoko Ono Rock From Museum

Toronto police looking for $17.5K stone and the middle-aged woman who took it
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2018 7:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – As art thefts go, it was pretty simple: “She just picked it up and walked away with it," says a Toronto police official. He's referring to a rock with the words "Love yourself" written on it by none other than Yoko Ono, reports the Toronto Star. It had been part of an interactive exhibit at the city's Gardiner Museum, one that encouraged visitors to walk among stones with various messages by the artist such as "dream" and "remember," per NBC News. The idea is to reflect and meditate.

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Visitors are allowed to pick up and handle the stones but, crucially, they are supposed to actually put them back down. Toronto police say that a woman in her mid to late 50s—they tweeted a photo of the suspect here—instead walked out of the museum with the "love yourself" rock in her possession. It's valued at $17,500. (Yoko Ono is getting official credit for one of her late husband's famous songs.)

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