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'Hollywood Squares' Host

Cops FOUND My Stolen

Hippie Surfer Painting

12/13/2012 4:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Peter Marshall -- the original host of "Hollywood Squares" -- just got some GREAT NEWS ... cops found a painting of a Jesus-esque surfer bro that was stolen from his home nearly 30 years ago!!!

It's a crazy story -- the hippie-lookin' dude is actually "Brother Dave" ... aka Marshall's son Dave LaCock. Turns out Marshall had commissioned a local artist named Charles Bragg to paint the portrait more than 30 years ago.

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But in 1982, some scumbag burglars broke into the TV legend's home and stole the art right off his wall .. along with several other items. Marshall reported the theft to police ... but the case went cold ... until last month. 

"Brother Dave" happened to surface at a flea market in Long Beach ... and was purchased by a woman named Shannon Turk, who was completely unaware it was stolen property.

Turk contacted the artist to find out about the painting ... and that's when she discovered it was still technically "hot" property. Turk immediately turned the portrait over to police.

TMZ spoke to Marshall, who tells us he is "thrilled" that Brother Dave has surfaced ... and looks forward to getting the painting back in his possession as soon as cops clear it for release.

Marshall adds, "Of all the paintings that were stolen, some were very valuable, and this was always the one I wanted returned."

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Jjack    

Paul Lynde in Center Square to block.

Paul... You're a man of the world. If you were a french surfer dude, who wanted to pick up many chicks, what would you call yourself?

Ummmm... how 'bout Dave Le**** for starters?

576 days ago
17.

Butterfly    

Delighted for Mr. Marshall. Now, the next action is a nice reward to the lady who returned the painting to the police. Honesty, is still alive and well, in America!!! Kudos!!!

576 days ago
18.

Krayon    

Cops didn't find it....flea market chic found it.

576 days ago
19.

LISA    

Wow! That is an incredible story. He must be thrilled. That painting was obviously meant to be with him ...

576 days ago
20.

Kàt    

Far out man. Really trip'n

576 days ago
21.

sean    

As shocking as it is that someone stole that piece of crap, it's even more shocking that someone actually PAID for that piece of crap.

576 days ago
22.

TEAM LAMMY    

Tmz could we at least get a picture of painting, oh wait EXTRA has it on their website

576 days ago
23.

bittybaby    

Glad he's reunited with his painting! Brother Dave was a hottie!!!

576 days ago
24.

Masoman    

Great story for a change - lucky guy !! Havent we all lost something sentimental and know we will never get it back :( . Nice to know there's still some " Honest" people put there !!!!

576 days ago
25.

But_I'm_not_Wrong    

The cosmic Universe works in mysterious ways
I bet he put out an order.

576 days ago
26.

Canadasux    

Are they sure that's not just another "Jesus" sighting? All the others seem to be.

576 days ago
27.

James B    

You wait 30 years for a happy ending........... and then you get one! Fantastic news. Also I like the painting, it's really good!

576 days ago
28.

Liz    

It wasn't really the cops that found it, but a good story anyway. Good for the woman to turn it over without a fuss.

576 days ago
29.

geincolo    

We have never seen Brother Dave and MAX at the same time in the same room. Just sayin'.

576 days ago
30.

NickieCharle05    

just before I saw the draft that said $4738, I did not believe that...my... cousin woz like they say trully making money part-time at there labtop.. there sisters roommate has done this less than 16 months and resently paid the loans on their home and bought a top of the range Volkswagen Golf GTI. read more at, http://www.Fox79.com

576 days ago
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