Warren County

Man charged in stolen American Pharoah painting case

He gave different explanations for why he had artwork, deputies say
American Pharoah wins the Breeders' Cup Classic in October 2015.
American Pharoah wins the Breeders' Cup Classic in October 2015.

WARREN COUNTY — A Warren County man is facing charges after he was found in possession of a racehorse painting that was stolen from a Saratoga gallery, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael J. Vittengl, 61, of Lake George, was indicted recently on one count of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, related to a painting of American Pharoah, Lt. Steven Stockdale said.

Investigators arrested Vittengl in November after hearing he had the painting and learning it was missing from the Saratoga gallery, Stockdale said.

The gallery owner told investigators that Vittengl had been to the gallery multiple times and had no right to the painting, according to Stockdale.

Investigators tracked down the painting at the home of a Vittengl acquaintance who was considering buying it, Stockdale said.

Vittengl told investigators the gallery gave it to him to sell on consignment, but he also told investigators at another point that it was his to do with what he wanted, Stockdale said.

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