He doesn’t look too happy in this San Francisco Police mugshot that’s been released. But that’s the smart guy who walked out with the 1965 Picasso sketch, Tête de Femme – Head of a Woman – worth more than $200,000!
This New Jersey man who has reportedly worked at high-end restaurants in New York City apparently flew out to San Francisco on the Fourth of July, casually walked into a Union Square gallery in his good clothes and stole the Pablo Picasso pencil drawing from the wall, going to his taxi that was waiting for him on the meter!
That super-cool, confidant man was Mark Lugo, 30, a resident of Hoboken, New Jersey, who already had Picasso's drawing ready for shipment when The SFPD showed up to surprise him and he was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night at an apartment of some friends in Napa, where he was reportedly visiting and staying for his visit.
Police say that Lugo had masterminded the theft himself and had planned to ship the artwork to an unknown party and it was already boxed up, without the frame, for shipment! How very enterprising of the unconventional “art dealer!”