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Man Held in Picasso Painting Theft at San Francisco Art Gallery to Plead Not Guilty
San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr, left, speaks at a news conference as a Picasso drawing is shown in San Francisco. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (AP).- The attorney for a New Jersey man accused of snatching a Picasso drawing off the wall of a San Francisco art gallery says his client will plead not guilty.

Mark Lugo appeared in court Monday for the first time since his arrest last week on suspicion of stealing the 1965 sketch, which was on sale at the Weinstein Gallery for more than $200,000.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a judge agreed to a request from Lugo's attorney, Douglas Horngrad, to postpone his arraignment until Friday. Horngrad said he wants Lugo's $5 million bail reduced.

The 30-year-old sommelier from Hoboken, N.J., is charged with grand theft, possession of stolen property and second-degree burglary.

Police on Wednesday arrested Lugo in Napa, where they found the undamaged drawing stripped from its frame.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.



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