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Stolen Bus Shelter Artwork Returned


Milwaukee, WI – The strange story of artwork stolen from a MCTS bus shelter took an unusual twist over the weekend when the unique piece was returned.

Someone placed the artwork back on the shelter Saturday, one day after the thief’s image was featured in local news reports. However, the art was damaged and will have to be replaced.

Gloria Ruiz-Santos piece, “Colorful Serape”, was first installed on the bus shelter at 6th and National on July 30th. Her artwork is part of the popular and innovate Bus Shelter Art Project that MCTS kicked off this summer.

The piece was stolen on September 10th by a man who was caught on surveillance video riding away from the crime scene on a MCTS bus. All the video and pictures have been shared with Milwaukee police who are investigating the crime. Anyone who recognizes the suspect should contact police at 414-933-4444.

About the Bus Shelter Art Project

The Bus Shelter Art Project is a collaboration between MCTS and The Bus Art Project MKE to spread art across Milwaukee County. The Bus Art Project MKE works with the artists and raises money to pay for the production and installation of the art, then MCTS provides the space. In 2018, seven original pieces of art were produced and installed on bus shelters throughout the community, with more planned in the future.