Boy it’s hard to steal anything these days without winding up the subject of a worldwide manhunt conducted over the Internet.

The latest example: Someone nabbed a 1965 Picasso drawing called “Tete de Femme” (on sale for more than $200,000, according to the Chronicle) from a San Francisco gallery in Union Square. That was yesterday. Today… the obligatory security video.

At a press event today, the restaurant Lefty O’Doul’s, located next to the Weinstein Gallery on Geary Street, released the video, captured by its security cameras. The video shows the alleged thief strolling down the block with what looks to be a framed picture tucked under his arm. A gallery worker then appears, vainly searching for the man who took off in a cab, according to police.

Watch the video on KTVU, or the following KGO report from Lefty O’Doul’s:

In May, the Global Film Initiative released a security video of someone who stole equipment from its SOMA office over a five-hour period. Later that month, a laptop thief was exposed and arrested through a series of webcam pictures taken by a hidden application on the Mac computer he’d stolen.

Also in May, an alleged thief was caught on video stealing a rare violin on Muni. The suspect was arrested a few days later.

Last month, Oakland police released video of a burglary and assault suspect that was recorded by the victim on her cell phone. The suspect was later charged.

Alleged Picasso Drawing Thief Caught on Video 6 July,2011Jon Brooks

  • Susie

    What art gallery that has work by Picasso and other major artists doesn’t have its own surveillance cameras?

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