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Madison woman admits to stealing painting to show designer about color ideas

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A 72-year-old Madison woman told police that she stole a painting from a UW student center to show her interior designer about color ideas for her home.  

University Police said Hildegard Neujahr was cited for misdemeanor theft.  

Police spokesman Marc Lovicott said she thought the artwork was done by a UW student, and was therefore acceptable to take.

It was reported missing November 20th from a wall at a gallery at Union South on the Madison campus. The painting was valued at $700.  

Officers received a number of tips about the case after releasing information about the incident a week ago, including footage from a security camera.

Lovicott said Neujahr was very cooperative with investigators. She reportedly returned the art work to police, and Lovicott said it would soon return to where it was taken.