Alleged Picasso Art Thief Wanted in Wayne for Shoplifting Rare Wine
Mark Lugo allegedly stole $6,000 worth of Chateau Petrus Pomerol from Gary's Wine & Marketplace.
Hobokenite Mark Lugo, who allegedly stole a $200,000 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 in Wayne.
As reported by The San Francisco Examiner, Lugo, 30, 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 held in San Francisco for allegedly stealing a $200,000 Pablo Picasso 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.
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.