A house painter accused of stealing art from a renowned collection on Long Island says that video footage taken by a reality TV show would clear him of the crime.
Court documents said to be filed Monday night tell how house painter Joselito Vega was caught on camera stealing artwork worth $100,000. Vega claims he had an understanding with Michael Schulhof, whose mother's art collection was in the stately home, and that additional "undercover" footage not aired by the TV show proves his story.
Vega, of Easton, Pa., was arrested in 2012 for the theft. The incident was taped by the short-lived CBS series "Brooklyn DA," but Vega contends not all the footage has been shared that would set him free. He says the theft was part of an insurance scam that the homeowner came up with.
One of the artworks involved, insured for $200,000, was promised to the Guggenheim Museum upon the homeowner's mother’s death, says Vega.