Suspect in stolen Picasso case arrested, San Francisco police say 

A suspect is in custody in the brazen midday theft of a pricey Pablo Picasso sketch from a Union Square art gallery on Tuesday, police announced Thursday.

News outlets are reporting that police have also recovered the Picasso original worth more than $200,000.

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More details of the arrest will be revealed Thursday at a 10 a.m. press conference, police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

The preppy-dressed crook wearing loafers without socks strolled into the Weinstein Gallery at Geary and Powell streets, plucked a framed 1962 sketch “Tête de femme” from a wall near the front, then fled in a cab.

The "casual" crook walked along Geary Street with the sketch tucked under his armpit. Only a folded newspaper covered the artwork.

Police believe surveillance video at a nearby restaurant captured the crook’s nonchalant getaway.

The man in the video wore a grayish jacket, light pants, and loafers without socks.

Cops interviewed the cabbie who picked up the crook and impounded his car to hunt for evidence. The driver was not a suspect, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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