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Man arrested in New York Salvador Dali heist

Published on Feb 20, 2013 6:52 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - United States (US) authorities said on Tuesday they have arrested a Greek man for making off with a Salvador Dali watercolor and ink painting worth about US$150,000 (S$186,000) from a New York private art gallery in June.

Phivos Istavrioglou, 29, was arrested on Saturday at JFK international airport in a sting that lured him to the US from Italy, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced.

"After surveillance images of a suspect were released to the public, the drawing... was anonymously mailed back to the gallery from Greece.

"A subsequent investigation led to the arrest and indictment of the defendant, who is charged in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree," Mr Vance said in a statement.

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