Convicted art thief back in Naples jail on probation violation

Mood Conyers

Mood Conyers

A convicted art thief who stole about $675,000 worth of paintings from a downtown Naples gallery 10 years ago is back in jail on a probation violation.

Mood Conyers, 52, of Miami, failed a drug test in early January as part of his 10 years of probation, which comes after a five-year prison stint, according to an affidavit. He was booked into a Naples jail Tuesday — the 10-year anniversary of his conviction on a charge of grand theft of $100,000 or more — and is being held without bond.

Conyers made headlines in the early 2000s, when a jury found him guilty of staging a break-in to mask the theft of 10 paintings at the now-closed Duveen Art Gallery on Fifth Avenue South. Conyers worked as the gallery’s manager, which prosecutors said gave him sole access to the paintings at the time of the theft.

Throughout his court proceedings, Conyers maintained his innocence. Supporters at the time of sentencing described him as intelligent and trustworthy.

An arrest report and Conyers’ LinkedIn page indicate he’s been working as an art dealer in South Florida.

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