Artwork stolen from MCTS bus shelter returned

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Artwork stolen from a Milwaukee County Transit System bus shelter was returned over the weekend. 

MCTS says Gloria Ruiz-Santos' piece "Colorful Serape" was placed back on the shelter at 6th and National on Saturday, one day after video of the theft was released. MCTS says the art was damaged and will have to be replaced. 

Investigators say the artwork was stolen on September 10 by a man caught on surveillance video riding away from the scene on an MCTS bus. Police are investigating and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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 in bus shelters throughout the community, with more planned in future years.

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