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Graffiti-art grab: Burglar makes off with three by Phase 2

Police said that on Thurs., Jan. 15, around 3:40 a.m., someone threw a brick through a window of a fitness studio at 67 Avenue C, at E. Fifth St., and removed three paintings by a famous graffiti artist.

The New York Post reported that the paintings — valued at $18,000 — were by the Bronx-born artist Phase 2, real name Michael Lawrence Morrow. He died this past December of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Gothamist provided more on Phase 2, who also went by other monikers, and his importance to the early New York City graffiti movement.

Another of the stolen paintings. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

Anyone with information is asked to call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @ NYPDTips.

All tips are strictly confidential.

Police provided surveillance video of an alleged suspect, below.

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