Artist could be charged with theft Evidence given to grand jury

A Carroll County grand jury will decide whether to charge a Westminster artist with theft.

Evidence collected in search and seizure warrants served Wednesday at several locations in the Westminster area has been presented to the grand jury, said Trooper 1st Class John Wisniewski, the investigating officer.


State police said they recovered items of art glass, artist portfolios and business records that allegedly were taken from Alesia Art Glass of Millers by a former subcontractor between June and September.

The subcontractor, Sandra Hansen, who opened Aegean Art Glass Ltd. in the 200 block of E. Main St. on Oct. 1, recently said she would donate 10 percent of the proceeds from her art-glass sales through Christmas to the Carroll County Rape Crisis Intervention Center.


The value of the property police confiscated is expected to exceed $12,000, according to a release from state police.

Investigators said they conducted a one-month investigation before applying for the warrants.

Art glass is glass that has been etched by sandblasting and stained in colors to form an artistic pattern.

Ms. Hansen said in an earlier interview she was donating a portion of her proceeds as a gift to the private, nonprofit agency that helped her through her own anguish.

She said she was assaulted by a stranger several years ago, was a survivor of incest and had often used the agency's 24-hour hot line.

D8 Ms. Hansen did not return calls Thursday and Friday.