Suspect arrested in San Francisco Picasso theft
July 7th, 2011
01:49 PM ET

Suspect arrested in San Francisco Picasso theft

Police in San Francisco say they have made an arrest in the theft of a $275,000 Picasso drawing from an art gallery this week.

The suspect was identified as Mark Lugo, 30, of New Jersey. He was arrested in Napa, California, police said in a statement.

Around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, a man entered the Weinstein Gallery, walked straight to the drawing, removed it and walked out, San Francisco police said.

He then entered a cab that appeared to be waiting and drove away.

Police said Lugo was taken into custody at a Napa hotel and the sketch was recovered during a search of the premises where the suspect was arrested.

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  1. contessa

    That's Good News!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    WOW – what kahunas!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. USMC79

    Ahh man, thats great!! Now I can sleep better at night!!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Spaceman

    Art is a great investment, the sketch increased $75,000 overnight..........

    July 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CSnSC

    @spaceman, I noticed that too. Great return

    July 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lisa

    What if he switch it with a copy? If this was a movie it would have had a bit more plot! Doesnt seem very smart to get caught so easily!

    July 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tibs

    For a few seconds, I thought the image on the left was the suspect sketch. lol.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hctib

    So...24 hours of media coverage brought up the price $75000.? Unreal. CA should be worth about trillion dollars....sue while the suing is good!

    July 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mountain made

    Art is worth what people will pay for it.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MotoJB

    What a moron...get ready for a lengthy prison sentence and a new "girlfriend" Mr. Lugo. I hope you enjoy all that you have coming to you.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HRH banasy

    I wonder why this person thought he could get away with it...ugly drawing notwithstanding.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jemma

    They need to get a jury from clearwater florida. Theyll get off for sure.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. guardman

    What if the picture's prize was jacked up by a scandal. What the security system for a $275,000 USD picture is.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. American meth-head in Ogden,ut

    I would have sold it to N.Y. Mafia Don for 100 grand bought 50 thousand in meth and hid the other 50 in the walls of my house, and the Don could have resold it for the profit to a rich global-elitetist who is involve in shady-clandestine business deals with his globalist buddies!!! Hhmmm sound like an idea .................

    July 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Luek

    What? This piece of @@@@ has actually been valued at over $275,000?????????

    4 and 5 years old are turning these out everyday at their daycare sites!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
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