$30,000 Picasso painting stolen from Calif. mansion
NOVATO, Calif. - June 9, 2012 (WPVI) -- A California mansion was vandalized by partying teenagers who made off with a Pablo Picasso lithograph worth an estimated $30,000, the Marin Independent Journal reported.
The Marin County home belongs to Pavlo Lazarenko - the former Ukranian prime minister convicted of hiding nearly $2.1 million in back taxes in U.S. banks.
The thieves also took silver candlesticks, laptop computers and leather coats, police said.
Multiple rooms in the house were ransacked and the teenagers managed to get away before officers could arrest anyone.
The 19,500-square-foot home was acquired by a company linked to Lazarenko in 1998, just before his arrest in Switzerland on suspicion of money laundering.
Lazarenko later fled to the U.S., where he was arrested again and eventually convicted of hiding millions of dollars in American banks.
Marin County has filed claims for back taxes and late payment fines on the property where Eddie Murphy once stayed while shooting a movie.
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