Death of Art Thief Ruled a Homicide
MAPLEWOOD (AP) - The death of a convicted art thief from St. Louis County has been ruled a homicide. Fifty-year-old Donald Rasch was found unconscious Nov. 22 at his home in Maplewood and died four days later. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the medical examiner's homicide ruling came this week. Officials aren't disclosing the cause of death, and no arrests have been made. Rasch pleaded guilty in 2005 of conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce. He admitted that he and another person stole 133 pieces of artwork valued at up to $4 million in 2002. Rasch was sentenced to two years in prison in that case. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to making a false statement in a case involving stolen art from a store in Bridgeton.