Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Southampton Village Police are seeking...

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Southampton Village Police are seeking the public's help to identify and locate the person(s) responsible for burglarizing a residence on Captains Neck Lane in Southampton, taking valuable artwork. Credit: SCPD

Police released photographs Friday of 13 paintings stolen earlier this month from a Southampton estate belonging to the widow of late Bear Stearns billionaire Paul Hallingby Jr.

The paintings are valued at more than $250,000, Southampton Village police Det. Sgt. Herm Lamison said earlier.

The paintings were stolen from the $12-million estate on Captains Neck owned by Jo Davis Hallingby between Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. and noon Feb. 7, police said. The heist was discovered by housekeepers reporting to work after the weekend.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry into the home. Police originally said a dozen paintings were stolen.

The estate is the summer residence of Hallingby, 66.

Paul Hallingby Jr. was 85 when he died in June 2005, reportedly of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was responsible for helping to develop the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan in the 1980s.

He was previously married to Mai Hallingby, 70, and before that to Allison Lazo Hallingby, the granddaughter of a former Guatemalan minister to the United States. She died in 1965.

Police said the paintings included works by Frederick H. McDuff, Jean Dufy, Jacques Martin-Ferrières, Howard Behrens, Pierre Bittar, Cecil Everley and Lucien Nuequelman.

Investigators ask that anyone with information regarding the heist call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential and callers are eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading to arrest.

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