Bicycle Thief Steals 18K Painting, Pops Wheelie

Police are looking for an art thief who in a daring – but decidedly low-tech – daylight heist stole an $18,000 Keith Haring work from a Center City gallery, making his getaway on a bicycle in theharingstolen.JPG snow.

When last seen after the snatch-and-run robbery last Wednesday at the I. Brewster gallery on the 1600 block of Walnut Street, the silkscreen shoplifter was pedaling south on 16th Street, store employees in pursuit.

“We were all running after him,” gallery owner Nicky Brewster said.

He said the thief walked into the store about 3 p.m. on the day of the last snowstorm, went right to Haring’s screenprint on canvas of late German artist Joseph Beuys [pictured, right], took it and ran.

But Brewster said the thief dropped what could be a crucial clue: a printout of an eBay receipt.

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