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A wine steward with a taste for fine art faces arraignment in Manhattan Friday on charges he snatched valuable paintings from two midtown hotels.
Among the stolen works found on the walls of Mark Lugo’s Hoboken, Michael Kors Factory Outlet N.J., apartment was a $350,000 Fernand Leger painting from the lobby of the Carlyle Hotel, authorities said.
Lugo, 31, who served time in California for stealing a Picasso sketch from a San Francisco gallery in July, faces grand larceny charges in New York in the Michael Kors Outlet Canada Carlyle case and for allegedly making off with five artworks from the Chambers Hotel.
They don’t think he intended to sell them. He wanted to display them, a source close to the case said of Lugo, who has worked as a restaurant wine steward in Manhattan.
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Lugo is accused of taking the paintings – which have been returned to their owners – off the walls and stuffing them into canvas tote bags.
The suspect was caught on surveillance video, Carlyle’s managing director Erich Steinbock said.
There are cameras all over, Steinbock said. He had it in a bag.
Steinbock said the painting does not belong to the iconic upper East Side hotel but to the Helly Nahmad Gallery, which leased wall space at the Carlyle to display the work.
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Lugo is accused of taking the 1917 Cubist work Composition with Mechanical Elements from the Carlyle in June.
The five other works,Michael Kors Outlet Online Cheap Michael Kors Hand, together known as Pastel on Board, are by South Korean-born artist Mie Yim and are worth about $1,Michael Kors Crossbody Cheap Michael Kors Handbags,800 each. They were taken from the Chambers Hotel at Fifth Ave. and 56th St., officials said.
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