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A thief swiped two paintings worth up to a combined $80,000 – including a piece by legendary artist Andy Warhol – from a Manhattan art curator, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.
Police said Dominique Parrott, 25, intended on selling the pricey pieces when he was caught on surveillance video on March 17 removing them from the back of an unlocked 2018 Porsche Macan belonging to 52-year-old victim Gil Traub.
The suspect allegedly stole Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Can lithograph worth $65,000 and a Jules Perlmutter canvas painting valued at $15,000, sources said.
The Porsche was parked in Manhattan’s NoHo outside the victim’s home at the time, according to a criminal complaint.
Traub, who hangs and curates art for a living, told The Post Tuesday that just before the theft he picked up the art pieces from a framer and left them covered in his trunk.
The artwork, Traub said, was not “even visible because it was covered with something.”
“There was a piece of cardboard over it that I got from the framer,” said Traub, who said the bandit got “lucky” with the find.
Traub said he went upstairs to his residence to get luggage before driving out to his second home in the Hamptons — and only realized the art pieces were missing out east.
“When I got up to the Hamptons, I was unpacking the luggage and it was gone,” said Traub, who explained that his wife accidentally left his vehicle unlocked.
“It was just a good lesson. You frame something, you bring it into your apartment. You don’t leave it for a moment. All the crime that’s going on in New York right now I should have known better,” Traub said. “In 10 minutes, something can go wrong.”
Traub said he is hoping the police will be able to recover the stolen art pieces.
Parrott was arrested Sunday at the NYPD’s 9th Precinct station house and charged with second-degree grand larceny, sources and court records show.
According to sources, Parrott had invoked his Fifth Amendment right upon his arrest.
“He was arrested for intent to sell,” an NYPD spokesman told The Post.
City jail records show that he’s currently being held at the Eric M. Taylor Center lockup on Rikers Island.
His bail has been set at $2,000 or $5,000 bond during his Manhattan Criminal Court arraignment, according to the records.
Parrott’s next court date is scheduled for Friday.
A police source said he has more than 20 prior arrests, including for burglaries and petit larcenies dating back to 2015.
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