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Art-theft suspect pleads not guilty in NYC
Bicoastal art-theft suspect pleads not guilty to walking off with artworks from 2 NYC hotels
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A man accused of a brazen bicoastal art-theft spree has pleaded not guilty in New York.

Mark Lugo is being held without bail after pleading not guilty Friday to grand larceny and other charges. He was released last month from a San Francisco jail after he admitted stealing a $275,000 Picasso from a gallery there.

Authorities say Lugo lifted pricy art from New York hotels simply by walking out with the works in a canvas tote bag.

In New York, the 31-year-old Lugo is charged with snatching a $350,000 drawing by the Cubist painter Fernand Leger and five works by the South Korea-born artist Mie Yim from two hotels. Both thefts were in June.

Authorities say the pieces were found hanging on the walls of his apartment in Hoboken, N.J.

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