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Art fence sentenced (Roerich Museum theft)

Art fence sentenced
By LAURA ITALIANO
A depressed heroin addict got a no-jail deal yesterday for trying to sell a stolen drawing worth $125,000 to an undercover cop at a Lower East Side Starbucks last year.
“I’m very sorry for what happened,” Natella Croussouloudis, 42, of Brooklyn, said at her sentencing for possessing the pencil sketch “Himalayas” by 20th-century Russian artist Nicholas Roerich.
She must serve five years probation and 70 hours community service and continue drug treatment.
“Himalayas” and a second work, “Talung Monastery,” had been swiped off the walls of the Roerich Museum in Manhattan in June. The thieves’ identities remain a mystery.
“Talung Monastery” was mailed back to the museum two months later.

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