Man Charged With Taking Dali Work from Manhattan Gallery

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013  |  Updated 4:54 PM EDT
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Dali Painting Theft Suspect

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A 1949 Salvador Dali painting, called "Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio."

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Dali Painting Theft Suspect

Police are searching for a suspect in the theft of a Salvador Dali art piece from Venus Over Manhattan Art Gallery at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
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Authorities have charged a man with ripping off a Salvador Dali painting from a Manhattan gallery, only to return it in the mail.

  The suspect appeared in court on Tuesday following his arrest in the theft of a work titled "Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio.''
 
Prosecutors allege that he walked into the Upper East Side gallery one afternoon in June, put the painting in a shopping bag and walked out.
 
They say after security video images of the man were widely circulated, he anonymously mailed the piece back to the United States from Greece.
 

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