Burglar Steals $100,000 Artwork from Marc Ecko Gallery

Thursday, Aug 11, 2011  |  Updated 9:23 PM EDT
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Burglar Steals $100,000 Artwork from Marc Ecko Gallery

Surveillance video still of the KAWS artwork thief at the Marc Ecko gallery Thursday.

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Police are searching for a burglar who swiped a piece of art worth $100,000 from the Marc Ecko art gallery Thursday evening.

The alleged thief walked into the gallery at 40 W. 23rd St. at about 6 p.m. and removed a piece of art hanging in the hallway of the second floor, according to police.

The artwork, "Untitled (Calvin Klein)," was by Brooklyn-based graphic design and graffiti artist KAWS, and featured acrylic over an ad poster for Calvin Klein jeans.

The burglar rolled up the artwork, put it into a tube and walked out of the building, police said.

The man pictured in the surveillance video still provided by NYPD is about 5 feet 11, according to police. He was last seen wearing a dark green hoodie, blue jeans, a tan baseball hat, dark sunglasses and running sneakers. He was also carrying a dark backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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