Three men arrested after 'robbing eccentric NYC millionaire at gunpoint and stealing $300,000 worth of cash and jewelry'
- Men who allegedly robbed millionaire's townhouse last year arrested
- Allegedly stole $300,000 worth of watches, money, and diamonds
The men who allegedly robbed the Manhattan home of a multimillionaire last year have been arrested, it has been revealed.
Brandan Piantini, 23, and Anthony Valerio, 31, have been arrested in conjunction with the October 3 robbery of George Bardwil’s expansive townhouse, while the third suspect, Samuel Brimmage, is already serving a 12-year sentence for an unrelated crime and will go in front of a judge next week.
The CEO of Bardwil Home lost more than $300,000 worth of cash and jewelry when he and two friends visiting were robbed at gunpoint.
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Arrested: The NYPD arrested three men in conjunction with the October 2011 robbery of a millionaire's Midtown Manhattan townhouse; surveillance video from the robbery shows two men entering the home
Ransacked: The thieves immediately tied up the millionaire and two of his friends before stealing $300,000 worth of personal items
Eccentric: George Bardwil owns Bardwil Homes, a linen and home supply business started by his grandfather
The New York Post exclusively reported the two men’s arrests, which were led by the NYPD Manhattan Robbery Squad.
That October day, Mr Bardwil – known as the linen king of New York –mistakenly buzzed the burglars in, thinking they were acquaintances.
He told the Post: ‘There was a buzz at the door. I assumed it was somebody I knew. There was a large black male with a gun. We were all tied up and relieved of our watches, wallets, money.’
According to reports, the thieves than made a beeline for his safe, which contained antique $1,000 bills and watches worth thousands and thousands of dollars.
Mr Bardwil seemed to brush it off, however, telling the New York Daily News at the time, ‘I make 10 times that in one month.’
In total, $300,000 of jewellery, cash, and other valuables were stolen. The thieves then fled the property. A source said that the suspects were tracked down with the help of an informant.
Mr Bardwil inherited the successful home good company from his grandfather.
But the multi-millionaire has a speckled past – in 2008, he was sentenced to three years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to beating his maid with a metal ashtray.
She had apparently stolen an $187,000 belt of his.
Burgled: His expansive yellow town house, centre, was broken into after Bardwil mistakenly buzzed the thieves in
Watch surveillance video here:
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