Robert De Niro’s New York townhouse was reportedly broken into by an intruder looking for Christmas gifts

Robert De Niro was reportedly the victim of a home burglary.

On Monday morning (December 19) at around 2.30 a.m., a woman is said to have caught the 79-year-old Goodfellas star’s townhouse in New York City, pulling presents from under the Christmas tree and fumbling with his iPad.

Law enforcement sources said The New York Post that the woman, identified as Shanice Aviles, 30, was a “known burglar” with more than 25 arrests on her record.

Sources said officers with the 19th Precinct of the New York City Police Department for Public Safety spotted Aviles attempting to gain entry to commercial buildings before she successfully descended a flight of stairs that led to De Niro’s home on the Upper East Side.

Aviles was arrested at the house where she was found on the second floor.

“She stole Christmas presents,” a police officer told the publication.

At the time, De Niro was upstairs while his daughter was in a separate bedroom. They are not believed to have come into contact with the Aviles, sources said.

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The Independent reached out to De Niro’s rep for comment.

Charges against Aviles are said to be pending, but sources have claimed she had at least 26 previous arrests, most of them for theft.

Sources say she was arrested between November 25 and December 8 for seven burglaries on the Upper East Side.

In 2012, De Niro, a lifelong New Yorker, sold his 37-year-old West Village townhouse for $9.5 million (£7.6 million). He later moved his primary residence to upstate New York at the height of the pandemic.

At the time, his attorney, Carolien Krauss, said of De Niro, “He intends to reside in Gardiner for the foreseeable future.

“He’s 76, after all, and in the category of people for whom Covid-19 is dangerous.” Robert De Niro’s New York townhouse was reportedly broken into by an intruder looking for Christmas gifts


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