If it weren’t bad enough that a thief walked into a San Francisco gallery and simply took a Picasso drawing off a wall and walked out, the insouciant miscreant simply trotted down the street afterwards where he was picked up by a neighborhood
The footage taken just before noon Tuesday shows a well-dressed young man walking away from the Weinstein Gallery on Geary Street, where Picasso’s 1965 pencil drawing, “Tête de Femme (Head of a Woman),” had just been stolen. Under his arm is a picture frame, with a newspaper covering whatever the frame holds.
Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said Wednesday investigators had not shown the footage to witnesses yet, but that the man is “presumably our suspect.”
The footage was filmed by a security camera mounted next to the door at Lefty O’Doul’s, a few doors west of the gallery. Owner Nick Bovis spotted the footage Tuesday evening and handed it to police Wednesday
Security Camera May Have Filmed Picasso Thief (SF Chronicle)