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Brazen Thief Makes Off With Designer's Pricey Print

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Police in Manhattan are on the hunt for a thief who brazenly made off with a $100,000 piece of art.

Investigators say the man walked into the headquarters of designer Marc Ecko on West 23rd Street at around 6 p.m. on August 4th and removed a piece of art hanging on the second floor.

The man then allegedly went into a bathroom stall, took the print out of the frame, placed it in a tube and walked out.

"I heard a lot of noise in the handicap stall, didn't think anything of it, and as I was washing my hands, saw a male about six foot walk out, startled, you can tell he was on his guard," said intern Mylam Miller.

The artwork titled "Untitled - Calvin Klein" was done by Brooklyn-based graphic artist Kaws.

It features acrylic over a Calvin Klein poster.

Ecko, speaking by telephone, says whoever took it knew exactly what they were doing.

"Clearly the person who did it who was either looking to get some money or presuming that they could get their hands on that piece had been eyballing it and it was familiar to them for sure. Like, it was not just a random act," said the designer.

Others who work in the building seemed to agree with Ecko, and say they don't think the theft was random.

"You needed to type in a code, so that's why I think they think it's someone that maybe used to work for the company or knows somebody that knew the code, I don't think it's just a random person that came into our building," said one worker.

"You never know. I know that he was pretty bold to be able to walk in like that and walk out with the piece rolled up, so again I hope they catch the guy," said another.

The suspect is described as being a white male between 20 and 40 years old, approximately 5'11" tall with a thin build and a mustache.

He was wearing a dark green hoodie, blue jeans, a tan baseball hat with dark sunglasses and running sneakers.

Police say he was also carrying a dark backpack at the time.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

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