Man pleads guilty to Picasso theft at SF gallery

October 27, 2011 - 5:40 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to stealing a Pablo Picasso drawing from a San Francisco art gallery.

Workers at the Weinstein Gallery say 30-year-old Mark Lugo brazenly snatched the drawing, called "Tete de Femme" (Head of a Woman), from a wall on July 5.

Lugo also is a suspect in at least seven New York art thefts.

On Thursday, Lugo pleaded guilty to grand theft in the San Francisco case. Under terms of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop other charges, including burglary.

The deal calls for Lugo to be sentenced to 16 months in prison. The judge notes that Lugo will probably be released after his Nov. 21 sentencing, factoring in time already served.

Defense attorney Douglas Horngrad says Lugo will then face New York charges.