Man caught with stolen antiques sentenced

John Liiamaa
John Liiamaa

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A Taos County man has been sentenced to five years of probation for hoarding stolen antiques. John Liiamaa was arrested when a victim recognized their stolen property at an art show.

Investigators then searched his home and seized about 200 stolen items including a coyote pelt, a machete, antique silverware and Native American bowls.

Prosecutors say his collection was worth more than $20,000. Liiamaa will have to compensate the victims. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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