The famous American actor Robert De Niro almost lost the Christmas spirit when a woman broke into his apartment in Manhattan and tried to steal festively wrapped gifts from under the decorated Christmas tree, the BBC reports.
Luckily, the police spotted a woman entering the basement of a building on the Upper East Side at 2 a.m. New York time and followed her. She was caught in the act when she was stuffing Christmas presents into her bag. The woman, known to the police for numerous arrests for burglary, forced her way into the apartment of the 79-year-old actor who heard the commotion and went down the stairs in his dressing gown.
Having been arrested a number of times, Shanice Aviles, 30, is known as a serial burglar to police. "I didn't murder anybody," Aviles said. "I didn't go to Robert De Niro's house." According to the New York City police, Aviles has been very busy lately.
"What's that telling the bad guys? Yeah, that they're just releasing us. So do your thing," Mike Alcazar, a a retired detective and currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told FOX 5 NY. "They're going to arrest you.
They're going to release you again that day. There's nothing to lose." De Niro's spokesman said the actor was fine and had no comment. The apartment he currently lives in is rented. The police did not know that it was the apartment of the two-time Oscar winner.
An indictment was filed against the burglar.
De Niro was born and raised in Manhattan.
Robert De Niro is an American actor and producer who has had a long and successful career in Hollywood. He is best known for his roles in iconic films such as "The Godfather: Part II," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," and "Goodfellas," among many others.
De Niro is known for his dedication to his craft, often immersing himself in the character he is playing and undergoing physical transformations for his roles. He has been nominated for numerous awards, and has won two Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in "The Godfather: Part II" and "Raging Bull." In addition to his acting career, De Niro is also a successful producer and has been involved in the production of a number of films and television shows.
He is the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, an annual event that celebrates independent films and fosters the growth of the film industry in New York City. De Niro is also known for his philanthropic efforts and has supported a number of charitable organizations throughout his career.
Throughout his long career, De Niro has solidified his place as one of the most respected and admired actors in the film industry. His performances have consistently been praised by critics and audiences alike, and he has played a wide range of roles that showcase his versatility as an actor.
Despite his success, De Niro remains humble and grounded, and continues to work hard to deliver powerful and memorable performances in every project he takes on.