Cash Bail Set at $40,000 for Serial Burglar Indicted for Break-In of Robert De Niro’s Townhouse

Efthymis Oraiopoulos
By Efthymis Oraiopoulos
December 23, 2022USshare
Cash Bail Set at $40,000 for Serial Burglar Indicted for Break-In of Robert De Niro’s Townhouse
U.S. actor Robert De Niro at the 2022 Tribeca Festival at Union Palace on June 17, 2022 in New York City. (Yuki Iwamura/AFP via Getty Images)

A 30-year-old woman who allegedly broke into actor Robert De Niro’s Manhattan townhouse was arrested Monday, with the court deciding on a cash bail of $40,000.

Other bail options the suspect has are an $80,000 Insurance Company Bond or a $120,000 Partially Secured Surety Bond.

The suspect, Shanice Aviles, 30, is a serial burglar with at least 26 past arrests.

Prosecutors said that Aviles had been given many opportunities to participate in programs that could help her stay out of prison, but she was not cooperative, reported New York Post.

“She has repeatedly failed to take advantage of the rehabilitative services that enable her to detox and stay out of trouble and appear [for] court dates,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Dylan Los Huertos told the judge, New York Post reported.

“The defendant demonstrated that she will not engage with services,” Los Huertos said. “She will not return to court and she will re-offend if she is released.”

“There is no least restrictive means other than monetary bail,” Los Huertos said. “We have tried everything else, therefore significant cash bail is appropriate here.”

Aviles was previously released on Dec. 13 after the judge waived her bail in relation to another alleged crime so she could take part in a drug rehabilitation program, which she did not.

“They gave the defendant an opportunity to attend an in-patient program,” Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Lewis told Aviles’s lawyer. “Unfortunately, [she] warranted and we have a new matter in front of us.”

Lewis signed off on the bond recommendation, the report said.

Aviles faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted of the top charge.

Arrested at De Niro’s Rental Property

Aviles allegedly broke into De Niro’s temporary rental home in Upper East Side Manhattan at around 2:45 am on Monday and was arrested by police who had been following her, according to the New York Post.

Police said she was “attempting to remove property” when they arrested her.

De Niro, who had been upstairs sleeping, came down to the living room as the woman was being arrested.

The basement door that the woman used to enter the townhome had signs of forced entry, police said.

According to NYPD crime statistics, the rate of felony recidivism for burglary within 60 days in 2021 was 24 percent. Statistics from 2017, prior to bail reform, show the recidivism rate was 7 percent, CNN reported. NYPD statistics for this year are also at 24 percent.

The suspect had allegedly tried to get into other commercial properties and houses near De Niro’s $ 69,000-per-month rental home.

A spokesperson for De Niro said it was a temporary rental home being used by the actor.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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