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Picasso Piece Stolen from Illegal Party Mansion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NOVATO, Calif.) -- A Pablo Picasso lithograph was among several high-priced items lifted from a vacant California mansion where 100 teens broke in and threw a party, police said.

The illegal party was thrown May 27 at a Novato, Calif., mansion owned by former Ukranian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko.

The next day, a caretaker noticed laptop computers, leather coats and silver candlesticks priced at $5,000 were missing from the 19,500-square-foot residence.

“They had gotten in and basically ransacked multiple rooms in the house,” Sgt. Eric Riddle of the Novato Police Department told the Marin Independent Journal.

The lithograph is worth an estimated $30,000.

The teens fled the home when police arrived. No arrests were made.

Lazarenko is currently serving a nine-year sentence in a California prison for money laundering, wire fraud and transporting stolen goods. The former prime minister was convicted in 2004 of stealing $114 million while in office.

Lazarenko owes Marin County $2 million in back taxes.

He is scheduled to be released on Nov. 1.

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San Francisco Police Nab Suspect in Picasso Theft

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco police have arrested a suspect in the brazen theft of a Picasso drawing.

The incident took place at the Weinstein Gallery at 383 Geary St. around 11 a.m. on Tuesday. The thief took the pencil sketch entitled "Tete de Femme" and escaped in a taxi.

Surveillance footage from a nearby bar gave police an image of the suspect on Wednesday. The nature of the theft -- whether it was premeditated or spontaneous -- remains unclear.

The police are expected to give a press conference at 10 a.m. California time on Thursday.

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Picasso's 'Tete de Femme' Stolen from San Francisco Museum

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A missing pencil drawing wouldn't normally be a top priority to San Francisco authorities, unless that drawing was done by Pablo Picasso and was stolen in broad daylight.

The Picasso drawing was hanging in the Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco when witnesses say a man walked through the entrance, took the painting off the wall and left in a waiting cab.

The 1965 pencil drawing, "Tete de Femme," which translates to "head of woman," is valued at $200,000.

The thief did not get away cleanly, though. San Francisco police are reviewing two surveillance videos they believe could show the suspect.

The first video came from a restaurant on the block and shows a man matching police and witnesses' descriptions carrying a framed piece of art. His most notable attribute was that he was wearing a dark jacket and loafers with no socks. According to police, the frame size appears to be the same dimensions as the stolen Picasso -- 10.5 by 8.5 inches.

Wednesday, police tracked down and impounded the get-away cab as evidence. They interviewed the driver, who gave them more information about the suspect, though they would not specify the information he provided or if it produced any leads.

Gallery president Rowland Weinstein told ABC News San Francisco affiliate KGO-TV that he is going to work harder on securing the exhibits.

"I feel sorry because it really, truly is my goal, and always has been my goal, to be able to bring exactly what you see in this gallery, original works by Picasso, Moreau [and] Chagall, onto the street level," said Weinstein. "I want it to be available to the public."

Police have already received tips because of the high profile of the case. They are urging anyone with information to call their hotline number -- 415-575-4444.

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