Joselito Vega arrested in Brooklyn for stealing pricey paintings from Schulhof Estate on Long Island

The Pennsylvania man is being held on $1 million bond and faces up to 26 years in prison.

The Pennsylvania man is being held on $1 million bond and faces up to 26 years in prison. (5/7/13)

BROOKLYN - A Pennsylvania man accused of stealing paintings with hefty price tags has been busted in Brooklyn.

According to investigators, Joselito Vega was working as a house painter at the Schulhof Estate on Long Island in March 2011 when he was caught on camera taking three paintings. The theft was uncovered a year later during an inventory sweep.

Prosecutors say they uncovered evidence that Vega sold the artwork far below market value and had his former sister-in-law set up a bank account in the borough to cash the checks.

Vega is being held on $1 million bond. He faces up to 26 years in prison if convicted.
 

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