Witnesses say he stole a painting right off the wall of a local gallery. He was booked into jail by Portland Police on a felony charge of Aggravated Theft 1, October 8th 2011.
Gabe cooked at Blue on Blue at the Beverly Hills Avalon Hotel. He returned to Oregon and became chef at Acena in 2007.
The painting by Swiss artist Christoph Hüppi hasn’t been recovered. It went missing during a private event near SE 34th and Belmont. The painting measures 47″ by 38″. The victim of the theft has posted all the details on this web page.
The man who was charged with the theft (and later confessed) is Gabriel Gabreski. He crashed a private event on 10.7.11 at my studio – he was not invited and was well aware that he was not welcome at the event. He stayed only long enough to receive an unwelcome look from me. Then he went down the hallway, removed the large painting from the wall, and walked out the door with it. When two guests stopped him at the door and asked what he was doing, he told them with a smile that I said he could have it. He also said that it would look great over his fireplace.