Arts and Culture

Miller Implicated in Fine Arts Robbery


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Photo by Drew Mahlmeister

On March 27 at 10:03 a.m., an armed robber stole a historic Frida Kahlo painting from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, according to police reports. Art teachers Cole Godvin and Caitlin Miller chaperoned a field trip of 14 students to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, hoping to encourage a greater appreciation for art – and then witnessed a grand larceny of classic paintings. 

The three witnesses of this crime were members of the Pinewood community – Godvin, sophomore Trevor Kaskade, and junior Drew Mahlmeister. 

According to the eyewitnesses, the robber entered, slamming the door and shooting a gun up into the air. The robber then walked over to the Frida Kahlo piece painted in 1931 called “Frieda and Diego Rivera.” The robber escaped with the paintings before any guards were able to arrive, not before Miller reappeared in the van with a mysteriously broken wrist. 

Kaskade and Mahlmeister were the only two students in the exhibit with Godvin.

“[Miller] was also supposed to be in the room with me, but she left for about 20 minutes – which happened to be when the robbery took place,” Godvin said. 

Kaskade was too distracted by the robbery, as well as the newest Warhol exhibit of four Mao Zedongs, to notice Miller’s absence.

“There was one gunshot and then all I can remember was a lot of screaming and yelling,” Kaskade said.

Godvin was just exiting the exhibit when she heard the gunshot. 

“I hid behind a pillar and was unable to see the face of the robber. However, I was able to hear the person, and it definitely sounded like a woman, but the mask over her face muffled the voice,” Godvin said. 

Mahlmeister, however, was standing in the center of the room when the robber entered and claimed she saw the person’s figure.

“I heard the gunshot, and I fell to the ground and put my face down. However, I remember seeing a figure in all black with glasses and one arm covered in a wrist splint,” Mahlmeister said. 

Security officials are still unable to identify the culprit, but one thing is for sure: Miller’s whereabouts were unknown during this entire time period, and somehow there was an exact replica of the “Frida and Diego” painting hanging in the Pinewood art room the next day.