Art of the steal
2 paintings gone from Queens bar
A Queens bar got hit by an artful dodger who ripped off two prized paintings.
Cops are looking for an art thief who swiped two pieces from a Queens bar, paintings that had been given to the Astoria watering hole by a former employee, officials said Friday.
The thief entered William Hallet, a bar and bistro on 30th Ave. near 36th St. around closing time at 4 a.m. on Sept.16 and swiped the paintings.
Police said the crook grabbed the art pieces from the wall and walked off with them.
Each painting was valued at $1,500, although it was not disclosed what the paintings depicted.
The thief was caught on a surveillance camera leaving the bar. He is described as Asian in his late 20s or early 30s.
Police released a photo of the thief (inset) Friday in the hopes that someone recognizes him.
Calls to the bar were not immediately returned.