- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A former employee at the Chihuly warehouse in Tacoma has been charged with stealing more than $3 million in artwork to support a drug addiction.

KIRO TV reports (http://bit.ly/1FSeXJc ) that Pierce County prosecutors charged Christopher Kaul on Thursday in a series of thefts going back to 2013.

Prosecutors say Kaul stole the artwork and told buyers that he could get Chihuly glass and paintings at discounted prices.

Court records say other workers became aware of the thefts in September 2014 after they were contacted by an appraiser who had three pieces of art that had been missing from the warehouse for months.

The Chihuly Company conducted an audit and found about 90 pieces missing at a total value of $3 million.

Court records say Kaul denied stealing the items at first, then confessed to the FBI.

Kaul was charged by warrant and hasn’t been arrested. His arraignment is set for June 15.

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This story has been corrected to change the arraignment date.

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