Accused De Niro burglar Shanice Aviles ordered to be held on $40,000 bail

The serial burglar charged with breaking into Robert De Niro’s Manhattan townhouse has been arrested on $40,000 bail – after prosecutors warned she would only commit one more crime if released.

Shanice Aviles, 30, who has at least 26 busts on her criminal record, was given many opportunities to participate in programs that would keep her out of jail before being charged with second-degree burglary in Monday morning’s brazen assault, prosecutors said at her Accusation.

“She has repeatedly failed to take advantage of the rehabilitation services that allow her to detox and stay out of trouble and surface [for] Court dates,” Assistant District Attorney Dylan Los Huertos told the Aviles judge.

“The defendant has shown that she will not engage in services,” Los Huertos said. “She will not return to court and she will reoffend if she is released.”

The prosecutor ordered Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Lewis to hold Aviles on $40,000 bail, or $80,000 or $120,000 bail, with Lewis signing the recommendation.

Shanice Aviles, 30.
Serial burglar Shanice Aviles has been held on $40,000 bail after she allegedly broke into actor Robert De Niro’s Upper East Side townhouse.
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“There is no least restrictive remedy other than bail,” Los Huertos said. “We’ve tried everything else, so a substantial cash deposit is appropriate here.”

Aviles was last released on Dec. 13 after a judge waived her $5,000 bail so she could check into a Manhattan drug treatment program — which officials said called off her.

Lewis said in court late Monday on the new charges that his client had “received numerous opportunities” in the past.

“They gave the defendant the opportunity to enter an inpatient program,” Lewis told Aviles’ attorney. “Unfortunately, [she] justified and we have a new matter before us.”

Robert DeNiro
Robert De Niro was sleeping upstairs at his Upper East Side townhouse when serial burglar Shanice Aviles allegedly broke in early on December 19.
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Aviles was snapped by cops after officers saw her with eagle eyes as she broke into the $69,000-a-month townhouse on East 65th Street and caught her with a pair of stolen headphones, according to a criminal complaint in the case .

The “Goodfellas” actor was sleeping upstairs when he heard the commotion and came down the stairs – just in time to see police taking Aviles into custody, sources said.

Aviles faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the highest charge.

The career criminal, who has 16 arrests this year alone, shrugged as she was led in handcuffs out of the NYPD’s 19th Precinct Police Department on Monday.

“I didn’t murder anyone!” She yelled at reporters. “I didn’t go to Robert De Niro’s house!”

Shanice Aviles, 30.
Accused burglar Shanice Aviles yelled at reporters that “I didn’t murder anyone” after she was accused of breaking into Robert De Niro’s Manhattan townhouse.
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The 79-year-old Oscar winner stayed indoors for most of the day Monday, stepping out at one point and telling reporters he was “fine” after the incident.

On Tuesday, workers came to the house at 8:15 a.m., but someone else opened the door.

About an hour later, a dog walker stopped by to walk the actor’s puppies.

De Niro exited the home and ducked into a black SUV at around 11:45 a.m. without a word.

Additional reporting by Desheania Andrews and Elizabeth Rosner Accused De Niro burglar Shanice Aviles ordered to be held on $40,000 bail


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