UPDATE: Ali Center Theft Suspect Arrested; Ali Artwork Still Missing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Authorities say a man has been arrested in Pennsylvania in a brazen art theft from the Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky.

The U.S. Marshals Service says 58-year-old Gerald Garrett was arrested in Philadelphia on Wednesday. He’s accused of stealing a print of a LeRoy Neiman painting in October.

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Authorities say the artwork – showing Ali in a classic pose, in white trunks and red boxing gloves, has not been recovered.

The artwork, valued at $5,000, was stolen from an exhibit while it was open to the public at the Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Garrett was indicted last month in Louisville on one count of theft by unlawful taking, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. There’s no listing of an attorney for Garrett in Louisville.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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10/25/16 11:35 a.m.

Artwork showing Muhammad Ali in a classic pose, in white trunks and red boxing gloves, was stolen from the Muhammad Ali Center in a brazen theft.

Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says the signed print of a painting by LeRoy Neiman was taken Saturday. He says the artwork is valued at $5,000. Mitchell says investigators are trying to locate “a person of strong interest.”

The signed artwork was displayed in the Ali Center’s LeRoy Neiman Gallery.

Ali Center spokeswoman Jeanie Kahnke says security has been increased to prevent similar thefts.

Neiman, who died in 2012, was best known for his brilliantly colored images of sporting events and leisure activities.

Ali died in June at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.