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Suspect arrested in California Picasso theft

Picasso drawing that San Francisco police recovered less than 48 hours after it was stolen from the Weinstein Gallery.

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.


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