MANHATTAN, N.Y. (PIX11) – Police caught a serial burglar stealing Christmas presents from inside Robert De Niro’s townhome in Manhattan early Monday morning, multiple police sources told PIX11 News.
The woman, who has been arrested for alleged burglary more than a dozen times since October, was spotted checking doors at the building around 3:30 a.m., sources said. She used a crowbar to get into the townhome and police followed her after waiting several minutes, according to sources.
Police found her inside the home pilfering presents from under the actor’s Christmas tree and placing them in garbage bags, sources said. She was taken into custody and charges were expected to be filed.
De Niro, his wife and their 10-year-old daughter were home, sleeping in their bedrooms at the time, according to sources. No injuries were reported.
It was a temporary rental home being used by the actor, a spokesperson for the 79-year-old actor said. The spokesperson said De Niro wouldn’t be making statements about the attempted robbery.
Sources told PIX11 News the suspect has 32 arrests on her record, including 13 for alleged burglary since October.