Trucker Arrested for Stealing $1.5mil Basquiat
Porcelli allegedly stole the work, which was headed for either Rome or London, depending on which account you read, from a warehouse at JFK Airport. Apparently he had no idea what he was taking:
Again, though, why is the DA bellying up to the painting for the photographers?
The large wooden crate had only the word "painting" on it when it was swiped from an air cargo warehouse at Kennedy Airport.
So the Staten Island truck driver who allegedly took it earlier this month had no idea what it held: a work by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat that is worth more than $1.5 million, authorities said yesterday.
"He saw it there, he pushed it, he figured he'd take a shot with it," Det. Michael Mormino of the Queens District Attorney's office said of the safely recovered painting, allegedly stolen by Anthony Porcelli. "He didn't know he hit the lottery."