Art gallery owner takes down thief, recovers stolen painting in Williamsburg

The suspect was arrested, but Leonard says two other paintings are missing. (3/5/14)

BROOKLYN - A co-owner of the Cotton Candy Machine Art Gallery in Williamsburg says he tracked down an art thief and recovered a stolen painting last weekend.

Sean Leonard says he was holding a show for artist Amar Stewart when a $10,000 portrait of Jean Michael Basquiat went missing. He says he went to the storage room and noticed that the door was ajar. He ran outside and says he saw one of the suspects with the painting, and proceeded to chase him down.

The suspect was arrested, but Leonard says two other paintings are missing.

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