San Francisco Hotel Picasso Drawing
July 16, 2011 by USA Post
San Francisco Hotel Picasso Drawing, A string of art thefts in New York galleries and hotels were solved to an arrest in the theft of a Picasso drawing in San Francisco led authorities to a treasure hidden inside an apartment in New Jersey without grace.
Police believe Mark Lugo is responsible for at least eight robberies since June a total of nearly U.S. $ 700,000 worth of works of art, including U.S. $ 350,000 drawing by French artist Fernand Leger.
Parts of seven burglaries were recovered during a police raid of Lugo Hoboken, New Jersey, at home, while awaiting arraignment in the eighth case in San Francisco.
Lugo, 30, pleaded not guilty to charges of grand theft, burglary and possession of stolen property for allegedly stealing Picasso 1965 drawing called Tete de Femme (Head of woman).
Workers at the Weinstein Gallery reported that a young man brazenly snatched the piece, worth more than U.S. $ 200,000 from the wall on July 5 and step away.
Video surveillance from a nearby restaurant showed a man matching the description of Lugo strolling the framed picture under his arm.
Taking another Picasso of William Bennett Gallery in Soho in Manhattan was similar.
The thief entered the gallery during business hours on June 27, lifted the piece of the wall and came out with a rare print of the sculptor and two heads recorded a value of approximately U.S. $ 30,000, said William Ledford, managing partner of the gallery.
“We have a floor installation of Picasso and was a sort of right half of it and basically just picked up the piece of the wall,” said Ledford.
“Soho is an area centered business, and everyone is shopping bags. Our best estimate is that only some put it in a bag and left.”
The next day, occurred at the Carlyle Hotel on the upper side of the eastern city.
The piece, 1917 Leger, mechanical composition, disappeared from a hallway in the hotel lobby around 3:00 a.m. on June 28, according to Cristina Warner, assistant director of the gallery Helly Nahmad, who had rendered the drawing in hotel.
“He is very confident to do that,” said Ms. Warner.
Lugo apparently also had good taste.
Police who raided his apartment said the stolen works were displayed prominently around his house and could not have been intended for sale.
“The Picasso hanging on the wall,” said Hoboken police sergeant Edwin Pantoja. “The others were all over his apartment. He had a nice little gallery going.”
Lugo worked in Manhattan luxury restaurants, like Per Se, where cooking was a servant in 2005 and 2006, said spokesman Gerald San Jose. Mr. San Jose declined to comment further other than to say that Lugo left his job in good condition.
Police say the art was not the only luxury Lugo, who also worked as a wine steward.
He faces charges in New Jersey for allegedly stealing U.S. $ 6,000 worth of wine wine market Gary & April.
Lugo was caught on security cameras taking two bottles of $ 2,000 U.S. Chateau Petrus Pomerol 2006 April 25, said Robert Lesnick, loss prevention manager in New Jersey store. He returned four days after taking another bottle – the same clothes, Mr. Lesnick said.
“This guy is a habitual thief,” Mr. Lesnick said. “It tastes good, apparently. But it’s still a thief.”
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