A wine steward suspected in a bicoastal art-theft spree lifted pricey art from New York hotels simply by walking out with the works in a canvas tote bag and then used them to line his own walls, prosecutors said Friday.Mark Lugo, who just spent more than four months in jail for grabbing a $275,000 Picasso off a San Francisco art gallery wall, was being held without bail after pleading not guilty Friday to grand larceny and other charges in a Manhattan court. Read More
The Pablo Picasso sketch famously stolen from a Union Square art gallery by a preppy unemployed New Jersey sommelier is back on display.
Rowland Weinstein of the Weinstein Gallery at Powell and Geary streets couldn’t help but smile when he hung the Picasso pencil drawing “Tête de Femme” Monday morning. Read More
The unemployed New Jersey sommelier who brazenly stole a Pablo Picasso sketch from a Union Square art gallery in July will be extradited to New York late next month to face charges that he swiped more pricey artworks from Manhattan hotels and galleries. Read More
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
When police raided the New Jersey apartment of alleged Picasso theft suspect Mark Lugo on Tuesday, they said more stolen artwork was found, including another Picasso. Read More
A police raid on Mark Lugo’s New Jersey apartment on Tuesday uncovered several stolen artworks - including a Picasso painting that was taken from a Manhattan hotel, investigators said Thursday. 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
A 30-year-old restaurant beverage manager from New Jersey was arrested Wednesday in connection with the theft of a Picasso drawing from a Union Square art gallery. Read More