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Police identify suspect wanted for stealing painting from Muhammad Ali Center

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This signed painting by Leroy Neiman was stolen from the Muhammad Ali Center on Main Street on Oct. 22. This signed painting by Leroy Neiman was stolen from the Muhammad Ali Center on Main Street on Oct. 22.
Police believe this man concealed a signed Leroy Neiman painting from the Muhammad Ali Center. Police believe this man concealed a signed Leroy Neiman painting from the Muhammad Ali Center.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials with the Muhammad Ali Center say police have identified a suspect after a painting was stolen last weekend. 

It happened Oct. 22. That's when police say the man shown in the surveillance photo in this story ripped the painting off the wall, concealed it under his clothing and walked out the door.

The stolen painting, signed by Leroy Neiman, depicts Ali with gloves on, standing at the ready, splashed in gold and rustic brown colors with highlights of blue and green.

Jeanie Kahnke, spokesperson for the Muhammad Ali Center, says police now know the suspect's identity and are in the process of trying to recover the artwork. 

Neiman signed the missing picture before his passing. Police say it is valued at roughly $5,000 -- but to the museum, it's worth much more.

"Muhammad and Leroy had a special relationship -- and that's what makes this even sadder," Kahnke said.

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