Alleged Picasso Art Thief Wanted in Wayne in Shoplifting of Rare Wine

Mark Lugo accused of stealing $6,000 worth of Chateau Petrus Pomerol from Gary's Wine & Marketplace.

A Hoboken man who allegedly stole a Pablo Picasso painting from an art gallery in San Francisco is also accused of stealing $6,000 worth of fine wine from Gary's Wine & Marketplace.

As reported by The San Francisco Examiner, Mark Lugo, 30, of Hoboken, allegedly stole three bottles of 2006 Chateau Petrus Pomerol, which cost $2,000 each. The thefts happened on two separate occasions, according to Robert Lesnick, a loss prevention manager who reported Lugo to authorities for shoplifting the wine, the Examiner reported.

Lugo, who is currently being  for  drawing from a gallery there, was also charged this week with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in more artwork, including another Picasso painting from a Manhattan hotel, according to a report Thursday from Hoboken Patch

On Tuesday, authorities raided Lugo's Hoboken apartment and found more than $500,000 in artwork, police said. The paintings, police said, "were hanging on the walls and laying about the apartment."

Lugo has a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear at a June 9 court hearing in Wayne, the Examiner reported.


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