"I'm looking for a top defense lawyer with experience in cases like this," Lugo told the Examiner.
Lugo, 30, is accused of stealing a 1965 Picasso original drawing titled Tete de Femme, from the Weinstein art gallery Tuesday morning. Police say he walked into the gallery at about 11:40 a.m. He casually removed the piece from the wall, wrapped it, and hopped into a taxi on Geary Street.
Surveillance cameras from Lefty O'Doul's restaurant caught Lugo walking with the eight-inch drawing, according to police. Police later impounded the cab he got into and interviewed dozens of witnesses before tracking Lugo to a Napa condo, where he was partying with buddies.
He was preparing to ship the drawing, worth about $275,000, to an unknown person when police found it undamaged and unframed.
According to Aldax, Lugo, who has a career in high-end restaurants in New York City, was polite and well-spoken.
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