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Brazen Art Bandit Snatches $100,000 Calvin Klein Poster On 23rd Street

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Police say this is the man who allegedly stole a $100,000 poster on Aug. 4, 2011. (credit: NYPD)

Police say this is the man who allegedly stole a $100,000 poster on Aug. 4, 2011. (credit: NYPD)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Nothing comes between this suspected thief and his Calvins, police say.

The NYPD wants your help identifying a man caught on a surveillance tape after allegedly pinching a $100,000 Calvin Klein poster.

Police say the man, described as white, 5’11”, with a thin build and moustache, snatched the artwork from the second floor hallway at 40 West 23rd street.

calvinkleinposter Brazen Art Bandit Snatches $100,000 Calvin Klein Poster On 23rd StreetPolice say the thief came prepared: he had a tube ready to put the rolled-up artwork in.

The poster is a 1999 ad for Calvin Klein with an acrylic image on it and is by the modern artist KAWS. To see more images of his work, click here.

The suspect was wearing a dark green hoodie, blue jeans, sneakers, a tan baseball cap and dark sunglasses.

After nicking the poster, he strolled away westbound on West 23rd Street.

If you have any information regarding this case, police ask you contact Crime Stoppers. You can call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) – all calls are kept confidential. You can also submit tips by logging on to the Crime Stoppers website or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) and entering TIP577.

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