Man Gets 10 Years For Series Of NYC Hotel Thefts


Salon Staff
January 25, 2012 8:18AM (UTC)

NEW YORK (AP) — A serial thief is headed for 10 years in prison for a string of heists at New York City luxury hotels, including a theft of $250,000 worth of valuables at The Plaza hotel room of a woman from the United Arab Emirates.

James Bennett was sentenced Tuesday. The 45-year-old pleaded guilty this month to grand larcenies and burglaries at hotels including the Jumeirah Essex House and the St. Regis New York.

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Among the thefts were the disappearance of about $250,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and other valuables from Arwa al-Qassimi's room at The Plaza on Oct. 30.

Defense attorney Javier Damian says Bennett regrets the thefts. He says Bennett was struggling with crack cocaine and family deaths.

Prosecutors say about $35,000 worth of stolen items were found in Bennett's home.


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