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Stolen Picasso Recovered, Suspect Arrested


Photo of stolen Picasso sketch 'Tete de Femme'

Photo of stolen Picasso sketch 'Tete de Femme'

Police have recovered a valuable drawing by Pablo Picasso and arrested the man they say had walked off with it in broad daylight.

Police announced Thursday they had arrested Mark Lugo at a hotel room in the town of Napa, in the western U.S. state of California. Authorities said they also found the missing artwork, "Tete de Femme," Head of a Woman stripped from its frame.

The arrest happened Wednesday night.

Lugo is facing charges of grand theft, drug possession, and possession of stolen property. A judge has set bail for the New Jersey man at $5 million.

Picasso drew "Tete de Femme" in 1965. Today the sketch is worth about $250,000. It was stolen Tuesday from a gallery in San Francisco, where it was for sale.

Gallery owners told police a man in dark glasses walked off with it in the middle of the day while their gallery was open to the public.

Police said surveillance footage from a nearby restaurant, showing a man carrying a framed piece of art, helped track down the thief.

Other works by equally famous artists, including Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro, were left untouched in the gallery.

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