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Police recover stolen Picasso lithograph

NOVATO, Calif. (AP) – Police have found a Pablo Picasso lithograph that was taken from the northern California mansion of imprisoned former Ukranian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko.

The Marin Independent Journal reported (
http://bit.ly/LVHlwE) that the piece worth an estimated $30,000 was found Sunday propped up against a fence.

Novato police Sgt. Eric Riddell said it appeared someone intended for it to be found after media reports that it had been stolen.

The piece was reported missing May 28 after police said a group of more than 100 teenagers held a party and ransacked the 19,500-square-foot mansion. Novato is north of San Francisco.

Lazarenko is serving time in a federal prison after being convicted of hiding money he pocketed illegally while serving as prime minister.

He is due to be released Nov. 1.

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Information from: Marin Independent Journal,
http://www.marinij.com

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