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.