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. Pam Stepp

    Of course,he could bought bales of pot,if had sold for that amount.I think meth and crack would have been too cheap. Not going to reply on the exploiting of children.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bookworm

    If anyone cares to know what Picasso thought of his own kind of art, the book to read is What's Bred in the Bone, by Robertson Davies, pp. 406-07. "I am only a public entertainer who has understood his times and exploited as best he could the imbecility, the vanity, the cupidity of his contemporaries. Mine is a bitter confession, more painful than it may appear, but it has the merit of being sincere."

    July 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bookworm

    SHAME ON Y0U FOR TWICE SUPPRESSING THIS POST, quotation of what Picasso said about his own art!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |

    Amazing that no one offered to stop him before he left the building.
    If I were there...he would have been on the ground crying.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fricker88

    Are they also going to provide an escort over the border to Mexico. With the charges pending or being pursued, why should we expect him not to leave the US????

    July 8, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steave

    He used to work @ Blt restaurants! Wow, now we know what he learned from his owners.. Greed

    July 8, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. ben

    Now now people, we can't go convicting him without proof and a trial, someone may have planted the sketch in his premises.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ben

    @bookworm: what that it's cra p?

    July 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
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