San Francisco police have arrested a man suspected of stealing a Picasso drawing worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Union Square art gallery earlier this week. Police have not released any details about the suspect, but the arrest comes after a surveillance video from a nearby restaurant surfaced that shows a man walking down Geary Street with a framed piece of artwork under his arm. The thief walked into Weinstein Gallery at 383 Geary St. and took a pencil-on-paper drawing titled “Tete de Femme” at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday before getting into a waiting taxicab, police said.
Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant, which is just a few doors down from the gallery, showed its surveillance footage to police and the news media Wednesday. The video shows a man wearing a grayish jacket, light pants and loafers walking briskly down the sidewalk. Witnesses described the suspect as a white man about 6 feet tall, between 32 and 35 years old, wearing a dark jacket, light shirt, dark pants, loafers with no socks, and large sunglasses.
Police do not know whether the thief targeted the drawing, which measures about 8 inches by 11 inches, or randomly pulled one off the wall, Officer Albie Esparza said. San Francisco police will be providing more details about the arrest at a news conference at 10 a.m. today. Those with information about the theft are encouraged to call San Francisco police at (415) 575-4444 or send a text message to TIP411.
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