Bet you’ll never think about the northern Marin city of Novato in the same way after you read this. Thanks very much to Burbed reader nomadic for this noteworthy news item from the North Bay!
KTVU.com and Wires, Monday June 11th, 2012
NOVATO, Calif. — A Pablo Picasso lithograph worth $30,000 that was stolen from a Novato mansion owned by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko was recovered Sunday morning, a Novato police sergeant said.
The framed lithograph, titled "Femme au Chignon," was found around 8:20 a.m. propped against a fence along a curb on Burning Tree Drive by neighbors who were driving to a hiking trail, Sgt. Jennifer Welch said.
"It was placed there to be found," Welch said.
The lithograph is believed to have been taken from the furnished but unoccupied residence at 100 Obertz Lane that is owned by Lazarenko, who was serving time in a federal prison in Los Angeles for conspiracy and money laundering.
What a great story! Stolen art, a foreigner with suitcases full of cash, and he’s in jail for not doing a better job hiding the suitcases. Out of control teenfest! But most important: Show-off mansion!
Holy crap, this HOUSE has almost a half acre of living space! The tag “ginormous” we use for homes over five thousand square feet simply doesn’t do this one justice. And while Redfin thinks you want the lot size in square feet, Zillow has the sense to translate it into acres: 11.21 of them.
ZEstimate: $5,052,500. Rent ZEstimate: $7,045 a month. That’s a little more house than you can get for that amount in Palo Alto.
Just how many suitcases did the former prime minister have with him? It better have been worth the nine years in prison.