Alleged Picasso art thief Mark Lugo’s passport was seized Friday and a defense request to reduce his $5 million bail was denied after a San Francisco judge said he poses a safety risk to the nation’s businesses. Read More
A police raid on Mark Lugo’s New Jersey apartment Tuesday uncovered several stolen artworks, including a Picasso painting that was taken from a Manhattan art gallery, investigators said Thursday.
Lugo, 30, of Hoboken, N.J., is locked up in San Francisco County Jail after being charged with stealing a Picasso sketch from the Weinstein Gallery in Union Square on July 5. The drawing, “Tête de Femme,” is worth more than $200,000. Read More
The man accused of stealing a Picasso drawing from a San Francisco art gallery will plead not guilty when he appears in court again Friday, his attorney said Monday.
Mark Lugo, a 30-year-old Hoboken, N.J., resident, appeared in court briefly Monday in order to postpone his arraignment. Read More
Mark Lugo, the New Jersey resident accused of stealing a Picasso drawing from a San Francisco art gallery, was charged by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office on Friday. Read More
The New York City sommelier accused of stealing a pricey Pablo Picasso sketch from a Union Square art gallery on Tuesday says he’s stunned by the global media attention his case has garnered.
“This has been completely blown out of proportion,” Mark Lugo exclaimed in a brief jailhouse interview with The San Francisco Examiner on Friday. Read More
He appears to favor ritzy hotels, fine wine and pricey artwork.
But the motive for 30-year-old Mark Lugo, who worked at the high-end New York restaurant BLT Fish as a beverage manager, to allegedly steal a Picasso sketch from a San Francisco art gallery remains unknown to police.
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