At a press conference this afternoon, Charleston County Public Library Executive Director Doug Henderson announced that a total of seven pieces of artwork have been stolen from the Charleston Public Library in the past 48 hours. Yesterday, three pieces by Charleston artist Alizey Khan were reported missing from the Library's Gallery. Earlier this morning, more pieces had managed to wander out of the doors shortly after the library's opening.
The safety of the works has never been a topic of discussion, until now. Artist Sherry Browne spoke at the press conference, saying that “its' a scary world,” emphasizing that precautions should be taken to prevent this tragedy from reoccurring. Whether the library has to “tie them up [or] screw them down” artists should not have to fear being robbed while the art they have worked hard to produce is proudly displayed. She remains hopeful that the thief will be caught and the artwork returned to its proper owners.
As of this morning, Khan has emptied the gallery of her remaining pieces, and the lobby has been stripped of all art. The CCPL has been in contact with a security company to discuss how to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. Police have been alerted of the situation, and thanks to security footage, have one suspect who is believed to be the culprit behind both thefts. The suspect is a bald white male, seen in the video wearing a dark colored T-shirt, khaki shorts, and tennis shoes and carrying a dark colored backpack. If you have any information regarding the suspect or stolen artworks, please contact the Charleston County Public Library or the Charleston Police Department.