December 13, 2013
Suspect arrested in California Picasso theft
Police have recovered a Picasso drawing stolen from a San Francisco art gallery and arrested the man suspected of taking the valuable sketch, authorities said.
Mark Lugo, 30, was taken into custody on Wednesday at a hotel in Napa, California, where the stolen artwork from the Weinstein Gallery also was found, the San Francisco police department said in a statement.
Earlier this week, a smartly dressed thief in dark glasses walked into the gallery and before anyone noticed snatched the 1965 Picasso pencil drawing titled "Tete de Femme" -- French for "head of a woman" -- then fled in a taxi, according to the gallery.
The sketch measures about 11 inches by 8 inches and is worth $275,000, police said.
Lugo faces several charges, including grand theft, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $5 million, police said.
The arrest came after police impounded the getaway taxi looking for evidence, including possible clues from a surveillance camera installed in the vehicle.