An alleged repeat offender was caught breaking into Robert De Niro’s rented New York City townhouse and going through his things on Monday morning – while the actor and his daughter were home, according to police and reports.
The woman, 30, is accused of trying to get into several commercial properties on the Upper East Side of Manhattan before she set her sights on the 79-year-old’s temporary East 65th Street townhouse at about 2:45 a.m. Monday, police and a rep for the actor said. The New York Post identified the woman as Shanice Aviles.
Aviles, who police say has a history of “numerous burglary arrests,” was initially spotted descending the exterior stairs into the home – with police not far behind her, the Post reported. Police said she broke into the townhouse through a basement entrance, which “had visible signs of forced entry.”
Officers ultimately located her on the second floor of the townhouse, where she was trying to use De Niro’s iPad and “stealing Christmas presents,” according to the report.
De Niro and one of his daughters were reportedly elsewhere in the home at the time and were unaware of their unwelcome guest.
Stan Rosenfeld, a rep for the actor, told Fox News Digital, “We are not making any statement at this time about the robbery at the temporary rental home of Robert De Niro.”
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department could not immediately say who was in the home at the time.
Aviles was taken into custody with charges pending, police said. According to the report, she has more than two dozen priors, with the majority being for alleged burglaries. Sixteen of this year’s arrests were for petty larceny and burglary, the Post reported.
Aviles is one of the top five burglars in the NYPD’s 19th Precinct, where the crime occurred, the Post reported. She had allegedly been arrested as recently as Dec. 8, when she was busted for a half-dozen break-ins.
The Post cited a source in reporting that there was a bench warrant issued for Aviles when she was nabbed Monday.