Man Steals Picasso Drawing from Gallery and Escapes in a Cab

A well-dressed man walked into a San Francisco art gallery, took a $200,000 Picasso drawing off the wall, and walked out of the gallery and escaped in a waiting cab. Was that part of the plan or did we just find the least lucky cab driver/accessory to theft ever?

The drawing in question, "Tête de Femme (Head of a Woman)," is a cubist pencil drawing on a standard size piece of paper, so it's small enough for someone to easily walk out of a gallery with it. What's harder to imagine is why no one said anything as he just picked it up and took off. I don't spend much time in art galleries, but I would think this would be a bit out of the ordinary.

The heist took place at the Weinstein Gallery, which tries to make famous works of art accessible to the public in the tourist-heavy Union Square section of town. The Picasso was hanging between a Chagall and a Dalí, neither of which were touched. But what kind of idiot allows the general populace easy access to art? Didn't they know the rabble would do something like this? This is why we can't have nice things!

[San Francisco Chronicle]