Photographer flees to home country


A PHOTOGRAPHER who is alleged to have stolen over £1,000 from his own gallery is believed to have fled to his home country of Lithuania.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Arunas Staponas (27), who had been living on Church Street in Whitby, after he failed to answer bail on 31 January.

Mr Staponas had been accused of stealing £1,240 from the Staponas Gallery on Pier Road, where examples of his photographic work had been exhibited and sold.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1 April and 16 September last year.

Staponas Gallery opened in September 2011 on Pier Road and featured the work of Arunas Staponas and has been funded by the Fusco family, who own Quayside Fisheries.