The vandal who slashed a $3 million piece of art at an Aspen gallery has been revealed to be painting owner's own son.
Nicholas Morley, 40, flew from his home in London, England, to Denver under an assumed name on May 1, 2017, according to police.
The next day, he allegedly entered Opera Gallery, at the base of Aspen Mountain, at around 4.16 p.m, wearing sunglasses and a cap, and slashing the artwork before fleeing, authorities say. Two days later, he drove to the airport flew back to the UK.
This is the moment a suspect, named by police as Nicholas Morley, slashed a $3 million piece of art at an Aspen galleryiPhone transfer software
Surveillance footage from the gallery shows a man in black jeans, a black jacket, a hat, sunglasses and a full beard, entering the building and propping the door open.
Within a few seconds, he rushed over to the Christopher Wool painting and cutting it twice. A gallery employee appears but the slasher rushed for the door, grabbing the prop on the way out.
The work belonged to Harold Morley, 74, of Barbados, through a trust called Fallowfield Ltd, the Aspen Times reports.
Untitled 2004 was the sole item being sold on consignment at the time, listed for sale at $2.95 million.
The work belonged to Harold Morley, 74, (left) of Barbados, through a trust called Fallowfield Ltd. His son Nicholas (right) is accused of slashing the picture
Investigators were able to tie his son, who was also convicted 10 years ago of crashing into and