[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 28 September 2007, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
Picasso thief is put on probation
Pablo Picasso in 1961
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in 1881 and died in 1973
A removal man who stole two drawings by Pablo Picasso from the New York flat of a man who had recently died has been sentenced to five years' probation.

Nahum "Nino" Kohen admitted taking the drawings some time after art collector William Kingsland died in 2006.

Mr Kohen was hired to move the belongings from Mr Kingsland's Manhattan apartment to a warehouse.

The black-and-white sketches of a mandolin and a guitar were worth more than $60,000 (29,500) each.

Auction attempt

Mr Kingsland did not leave a will so Mr Kohen was hired to move his items by the Manhattan government department which handles the estates of those who leave no will and have no known relatives.

The department later discovered the Picassos, which had been photographed and added to an inventory, were missing from Mr Kingsland's extensive art collection.

FBI agents also realised that a Manhattan art broker had tried to sell one of the drawings at an auction.

It was traced back to Mr Kohen's mother-in-law, Ori Lellouch, and the sketches were then retrieved from her.

Mr Kohen pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree grand larceny in exchange for his five-year probation period.

Prosecutor Jennifer Kushnor said Mr Kohen was granted the plea deal because he had no previous convictions and the Picassos were recovered undamaged.


SEE ALSO
Disputed Picasso auction halted
09 Nov 06 |  Entertainment
Tycoon holes dream Picasso deal
18 Oct 06 |  Americas
Picasso portrait fetches $95.2m
04 May 06 |  Entertainment
In pictures: Picasso in Istanbul
24 Nov 05 |  In Pictures
Payout ends looted Picasso battle
11 Aug 05 |  Entertainment

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific