For years the Brandon Gallery has sold all kinds of things, from plastic beads to a painting marked as an original Picasso, on sale for $750,000, but when the FBI went in Friday morning, it wasn't shopping.
"Can't make any more comments other than that we're executing a federal search and seizure warrant," said William Reiner, the FBI supervisory special agent.
At 8:30, agents began bringing cardboard cartons out of the gallery, located next door to the Madison Art Cinemas. Some cartons were big and boxy, others were as thick as picture frames. The principal owner of the Brandon Gallery is listed as David Crespo of Guilford.
Townspeople in Madison familiar with the gallery say it has been a legitimate business, with low-end jewelry and clothing plus sports memorabilia for sale on the first floor, and prints available upstairs.
What few in town are familiar with though is the sight of FBI-jacketed lawmen in action on the Boston Post Road. Two women decided to document the crime scene tape with their camera.
"We saw that the FBI was here," said Olivia Edwards, "and it's a small town, so I posed for my picture."