Police raid NJ home of Calif. art theft suspect

July 14, 2011 - 5:59 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say a New Jersey man accused of stealing a valuable Picasso drawing from a San Francisco gallery had $500,000 worth of stolen artwork in his apartment, including another Picasso.

Police in Hoboken, N.J., raided the home of Mark Lugo this week after receiving information from San Francisco authorities. Officers found a Picasso drawing worth $350,000 that had been reported stolen from a New York hotel, among other pieces.

Lugo is being held in a San Francisco jail in the July 5 theft of a 1965 Picasso drawing called "Tete de Femme" from the Weinstein Gallery.

Lugo, who has worked as a sommelier, also is charged with stealing $6,000 worth of wine from a New Jersey wine store in April. His attorney, Douglas Horngrad, says he may have "psychological issues."