Cop admits Dali painting theft

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Cop admits Dali painting theft
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"A Staten Island correction officer pleaded guilty Monday to a role in the theft of a $250,000 Salvador Dali painting from Rikers Island jail, prosecutors said. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Timothy Pina, 45, will be sentenced to five years probation and will resign from the Department of Correction, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said. Pina, a 16-year veteran, admitted he and three accomplices stole the painting, which was on display near the entrance of the jail, during a midnight fire drill on March 1, 2003, Johnson said. The thieves replaced the painting with a fake, but jail officials noticed it almost immediately. Pina and the three others were arrested three months later. The painting has never been recovered, and it is believed to have been destroyed."

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