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Belfast police still probing theft of Steve McQueen artwork from Bullitt hotel

By Allan Preston

More than two months after a £15,000 print of Hollywood icon Steve McQueen was stolen from Belfast's Bullitt Hotel - during which time the culprit has confessed to the media - the art heist has still not been resolved.

On October 15 CCTV footage captured Jill Purce, a GP in Ballymena, making off with the art print. She has since apologised for her "moment of madness".

Despite the admission, the PSNI said yesterday that "police investigations are ongoing".

It remains unclear if any formal charges have been made against Dr Purce.

In October, the Sunday Life had approached Dr Purce at her home where she admitted her guilt.

"I think I did it maybe because I could do it, it was a bit like the Thomas Crown Affair," she said, referring to the 1999 film starring Pierce Brosnan about an art theft.

In the original 1968 movie that inspired the remake, McQueen staged a bank robbery.

On Halloween weekend, the hotel owners appeared to see the funny side of the theft when one reveller dressed up as the culprit complete with a smaller replica of the art print.

Posting on social media the following day the hotel's account read: "We see some brilliant creations, but we feel this deserves a special mention...#greatescape".

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