Neighborhood watch saves Banksy painting 

Neighbors in New Orleans foiled what police say was an attempt to steal a chunk of a cinder block wall bearing a painting by the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy.

Investigators say the building owner on Friday reported that someone was attempting to cut out the painting, which is among many the famed street artist created after Hurricane Katrina.

Word of activity at the site appeared Friday on Facebook, and pictures showed part of the wall had been removed above the image.

A neighbor says he asked a man working there for proof of a permit to remove the painting. By late afternoon, the man had left.

Known locally as the “Umbrella Girl” or the “Rain Girl,” the painting shows a mournful girl holding an umbrella.

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