US man accused in art thefts at NY estate

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 4:37 PM

MINEOLA, New York (AP) — A man faces larceny, money laundering and other charges stemming from the alleged theft of six art works including a Pablo Picasso etching from a suburban New York City estate.

Brooklyn and Long Island prosecutors announced the indictment Monday of Joselito Vega, of Pennsylvania.

They say Vega was working as a painter in March 2011 at an estate in Kings Point, New York, where three paintings were later reported missing.

Investigators tracked one of the stolen paintings to an art gallery in Oakland, California, where it sold for $8,500.

Detectives set up a sting at the estate and Vega was arrested last month after allegedly stealing three more works, including the Picasso.

He is being held on $1 million bond. A listing for his attorney could not be found.

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