Update 11:30 a.m. KQED’s Peter Jon Shuler attended a police press conference today about the arrest of a suspect in the Case of the Stolen Picasso (Caught on Video). Some details about the arrestee:

  • The suspect’s name is Mark Lugo, 30, from Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • No prior serious arrests; one arrest in a minor alcohol-related incident.
  • Acting alone, as far as police know.
  • He was arrested in Napa, where he was visiting friends, who aren’t suspected of complicity in the crime. The artwork was recovered there, without the frame.

More at the Chronicle

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That didn’t take long.

In what was not a masterpiece of thievery, yesterday a man walked out of the Weinstein Gallery on Union Square with a Picasso drawing under his arm . Problem was that he was recorded on a security camera of Lefty O’Doul’s, the restaurant next door. (Watch the video here.) The man fled in a cab, which the police later tracked down.

Today San Francisco police say they have arrested a suspect in the crime. Read about it at KTVU.

Details on Picasso Theft Suspect 7 July,2011Jon Brooks

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