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Man admitted stealing painting from Ali museum after touring center with five other men

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Gerald Garrett and five other men had toured the Muhammad Ali Center for about two hours on Oct. 22 when, as he was leaving, Garrett ripped an iconic painting of Ali by artist Leroy Neiman off the wall and put it under his hoodie, according to a police report.

Garrett, who was arrested in Philadelphia Wednesday morning, showed the painting to the rest of the men in his group as they were waiting for him outside, according to court records released in Garrett’s criminal case this week.

The theft was captured on video and Garrett, 58, was identified to authorities by at least some of the men he was with, according to the records.

Garrett, who is on federal probation, also admitted to his probation officer that he took the artwork, according to court records.

None of the other men have been charged.

A Louisville Metro Police spokesman did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Assistant Jefferson Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Cooke, who is a spokesman for the office, said he has not heard that any of the other men will be charged. 

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Garrett last month on a charge of theft by unlawful taking in an amount over $500, but less than $10,000.

Also included in the court records is a 911 call with an employee telling a dispatcher the theft had been captured on video. The video was not released in court records.

A spokeswoman for the Ali Center said the artwork has not been recovered. 

Sixty-four signed prints brushed in Neiman's one-of-a-kind watercolor styling hang in the Muhammad Ali Center's gallery. 

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