Thank Band for Returning Stolen Painting


Target: Stereo Fire Empire, Punk Rock Band and Good Samaritans

Goal: Thank band for returning priceless work of art

Recently a punk band from New Orleans found and returned a piece of art that had been stolen from a gallery and left at the venue in which they were performing. The band, Stereo Fire Empire, brought the stolen painting to the police station, and didn’t ask for a reward for finding the piece. Acts of genuine goodness like this are hard to find in our modern media landscape and since the group asked for no reward, they at least deserve to be shown our admiration.

The painting, a George Rodrigue entittled “Wendy and Me,” included Rodrigue’s famous blue dog and a rendition of his soon-to-be wife. The thief simply walked into the George Rodrigue Studios in New Orleans where it was being shown, picked it up off of the wall, and walked out. He was captured on security cameras but police had not been able to apprehend him at the time the painting was returned. The painting, which is valued at over $250,000, was also with another piece of stolen art that Stereo Fire Empire turned in to police.

This is a clear example of how the good in people can win out over all of the negativity we see and read about in the news every day. People are inherently good and given the opportunity, individuals and small groups tend to make the right moral choices. The band has said that while they do not need a reward for doing the right thing, they may write a song about their “caper” in the future. Please sign below to show these fine young gentlemen that even if they don’t want a reward, they have our gratitude and our thanks for helping restore some of our faith in humanity.


Dear Stereo Fire Empire,

I am writing to thank you for your goodness, honesty, and morality in dealing with a stolen George Rodrigue painting. The painting was of Rodrigue’s famous blue dog and his now-wife, Wendy. As you are aware, the thief has yet to be caught, but thanks to your actions, not only is the painting safe, but police now have DNA evidence and fingerprints that will help them catch him. People are not often so genuinely honest and I want to express my deepest gratitude to all of you.

Too often people succumb to the negativity and materialism of this world, but you have restored some of my hope that people are inherently good. You all stared $250,000 in the face and were still able to turn it in to the police. While you did not ask for a reward, I still want to thank you and to ask that you keep on rocking. I may not have been a fan of yours before this incident, but I most certainly am now.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: FunGi_ via Flickr

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One Comment

  1. Thank you so much for this. We appreciate this article and the petition to write us a thank you letter so much. I’m so happy that i found this article. seriously, thank you. let us know if you are ever in new orleans. we’ll buy you a beer and a po boy and possibly play some tunes for you.


    Stereo Fire Empire

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