Dec 21, 2022

Woman Broke into De Niro’s Townhouse Transcript

Woman Broke into De Niro's Townhouse Transcript
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Police arrested a serial burglar who had broken into a Manhattan townhouse where actor Robert De Niro has been staying. Read the transcript here.

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Linda Schmidt (00:00):

Well, first of all, this woman is known to police because she has a very lengthy rap sheet, and police officers with the 19th Precinct, which is nearby here, they noticed the woman in the middle of the night trying to open doors to a variety of businesses in the area. Then they tracked her here to this townhouse, which is Robert De Niro’s, actor Robert De Niro, leaving the townhouse, he is renting on the Upper East Side after police say a woman was caught underneath his Christmas tree trying to steal presents. That woman, 30-year-old Shanice Aviles, smiling after being arrested and basically saying, “What’s the big deal?”

Shanice Aviles (00:40):

I didn’t murder anybody.

Speaker 2 (00:42):

Shanice, anything else you want to say?

Shanice Aviles (00:42):

I didn’t murder anybody.

Linda Schmidt (00:43):

Police say the woman broke into the townhouse about 2:30 in the morning. She is known to police as a serial burglar because she has been arrested so many times. Officers say they spotted her trying to get into some businesses in the neighborhood and then tracked her to De Niro’s townhouse, where they say she had broken in through a basement door. The actor and his daughter were upstairs at home at the time, but had no idea what was going on. De Niro came down to the living room to see police arresting the woman.

Speaker 2 (01:16):

I ain’t going to Robert De Niro’s house.

Linda Schmidt (01:18):

According to police, Shanice Aviles has been very busy. She has at least 26 prior arrests, mostly for burglaries. This year, she has been arrested 16 times for burglary and petty larceny. Seven of those burglaries last month and this month on the Upper East Side, Mike Alcazar is a retired detective and currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Mike Alcazar (01:44):

So what’s that telling the bad guys that, “Yeah, they’re just releasing us. So do your thing. They’re going to arrest you. They’re going to release you again that day. So no, there’s nothing to lose.”

Linda Schmidt (01:55):

The NYPD says so far this year, burglaries are up by nearly 24% over the same time period last year, and petty larceny is up nearly 34%.

Mike Alcazar (02:07):

Revolving door, criminal justice system. It’s like fishing, catch and release, catch and release.

Linda Schmidt (02:17):

At this point it is still unclear if the woman, the suspect, even knew that the townhouse was Robert De Niro’s, when police say she broke into it.

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