Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Dali Thief Caught

Last June I reported on the theft of a small Salvador Dali painting Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio (above left) from the Venus Over Manhattan art gallery in New York (CLICK). Above right is a CCTV image of the thief. He returned the painting to the gallery by express mail from Europe a week later (CLICK). Fingerprints enabled detectives to track him down. On Saturday Phivos Istavrioglou from Athens was arrested at New York's John F Kennedy airport. He made a brief court appearance yesterday, charged with stealing the painting. He pleaded not guilty. The judge set bail at $100,000 (£65,000): CLICK.


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