It sounds like the end of a mystery novel: a romance writer convicted of plotting to steal more than $700,000 in art and jewels disappears on the day she is to be sentenced.
That’s just what romance novelist Barbara Joslyn did Friday, the New York Daily News reported. A warrant was issued for her arrest, and police were looking for her, the paper said.
Authorities called early today by The Associated Press could not confirm that Joslyn is missing.
Joslyn, 46, of West Hollywood, Calif., was convicted June 13 of plotting with an Australian movie director to steal a $600,000 Picasso sketch, jewelry worth more than $100,000 and other items from a wealthy friend’s home.
She faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced. She had been scheduled to appear in court Friday.
Prosecutors say Joslyn - author of such novels as “Strange Sins” and “Private Dancers” - made a Sept. 3 luncheon date with New York socialite Crawford Greenleaf, a friend of 20 years. She then left the door to his Park Avenue apartment unlocked when they left for a restaurant.
While the two dined, authorities said, Ian Pringle entered the apartment and took the sketch, jewelry, paintings and a gold leaf embossed clock.
Police were led to the couple when a doorman at Greenleaf’s building recalled seeing a man enter with Joslyn, then leave alone with a bag after Joslyn and Greenleaf left.
Pringle, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to nine months in prison in a deal with prosecutors, the News said.