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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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JimmyB    

Is there anyone who's NOT a legend? Other than me, I mean.

596 days ago
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JimmyB    

"Leonel" has been a member for 164 DAYS on TMZ SPAMMING, and TMZ does nothing about it.

596 days ago
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Hot Chocolate    

I have a lot of my works of art stolen. Some by relatives and locals where I lived. Ex acquaintances. Landlords. Storage facilities. Gallery owners, art collectors and treasure hunters. And sometimes even law enforcement.

Good luck reobtaining your work.

596 days ago
34.

Sharona    

It was probably found in Lindsay Blowhand's storage locker.

596 days ago
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nologinyo    

I just watched Inside Edition, and the woman who found turned it over to LAPD, and they got the thank you from P Marshall. What a crock, she quickly offered it to the rightful owner, but doesn't even get a thanks! I wonder if she evn got her money back for what she spent at the flea market?

589 days ago
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