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Two JFK Airport cargo handlers 'stole GBP1m painting'.

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Two cargo handlers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport have been arrested for allegedly stealing a GBP1m painting by Lucian Freud.

The painting, called Painter's Garden, was flown from London on a United Airlines flight to be displayed in a Manhattan art gallery. However, the two cargo handlers, aged 19 and 29, are said to have stolen the oil painting before it could be claimed.

The two men were detained after a review of security tapes allegedly showed the men collaborated on the theft, and hid the work in a garage in Queens.

Police arrested the man on charges of theft and possession of stolen property. They could face up to 25 years' imprisonment if convicted, reported Ananova.

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