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    Ten Years Prison for Theft of Artwork from 85-year-old Wheat Ridge Woman


    Shawn Ellen West, DOB: 12-2-64, appeared in Jefferson County District Court on March 6 where she was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing artwork valued at thousands of dollars from an 85-year-old Wheat Ridge woman.

    West was employed as an in-home caregiver for Delores Toscano when she began selling her Mrs. Toscano’s artwork online. West used a computer in Mrs. Toscano’s home to negotiate the transactions.

    Mrs. Toscano was a well-known Colorado artist specializing in original southwestern art. Her collection included original paintings, hundreds of prints, sculpture, and antique turquoise jewelry.

    Wheat Ridge Police were contacted in August, 2016 by Mrs. Toscano’s son, JimToscano, regarding his concerns about the possible theft of his mother’s artwork. Detectives began their investigation and arranged an undercover buy of a piece of the stolen artwork. Following the transaction, West was arrested on September 6, 2016.

    West pled guilty to the lead charge, Theft from at at-risk Adult (F3) on February 6, 2017. She has seven prior felony convictions.

    “Our elder abuse unit specializes in cases like these, involving our most vulnerable victims,” said District Attorney Pete Weir, “This is one of the most disheartening examples of the violation of trust that we see. Mrs. Toscano is extremely vulnerable and was completely dependent upon Shawn West who stole and sold her precious artwork.”

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information
    303-271-6905
    prussel@jeffco.us

    March 7, 2017

    Shawn Ellen West


    Last Updated: 3-8-2017
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