Greenville, NC—The locksmith at Trump Tower in New York, who broke in to the building on February 8 and left hundreds of thousands of dollars of jewelry on the ground floor, has been arrested for burglary.
The locksmith, identified by police as Gary D. Lee, has pleaded not guilty to the burglary charges, which are currently under investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Lee allegedly broke into the Trump Tower at 9 p.m. on February 9 after entering through the roof, according to police reports.
Lee’s fingerprints were found on the outside of the building.
Police also seized $1,400 in jewelry from the lobby of the Trump building, according the police report.
A spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Lee was arrested on February 11 and was arraigned on February 12.
He was released on his own recognizance.
A previous investigation by police found that Lee had been convicted of two counts of burglary in the previous year.
He has since pleaded not convicted to the felony burglary charge.
He faces up to six months in jail if convicted.
The charges stem from a March 10 incident when he entered through a door at the building and found jewelry worth about $800,000.
He then fled the building, leaving about $600,000 in cash and several other items.
The incident occurred a month after Lee broke into a Manhattan restaurant and stole an estimated $400,000 worth of jewelry and cash.
Lee is the third person arrested by New Orleans police in the last year on a burglary charge, the first in March 2017, and the first person arrested in New Orleans since a March 8 burglary at Trump International Hotel and Tower.
In March, the NYPD arrested a man named Michael D. Johnson, who allegedly broke in through the glass of a window and took $800 worth of cash from the property.
Johnson was arrested in Manhattan on the same day.
According to police, Lee broke in and left several hundred thousand dollars worth of stolen jewelry on February 13, which led to his arrest.
He had previously pleaded not under arrest and was released from custody after police gave him a $1-million bond.
Lee and Johnson were both charged with burglary, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
The New York Police Department and the NYPD Criminal Intelligence Division are investigating the case.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio released the following statement about the burglary: “New Yorkers will never forget the incredible courage and skill of a young locksmith from New York City.
This is an indictment of all those who would commit such a heinous crime.
As New Yorkers we must stand together to make sure that no one else will ever again do this to our country, our city and our people.”
Lee is scheduled to be arraigned at 2:00 p.ms. tomorrow before Judge David J. Johnson in New Brunswick.
The following is the official press release: Greenville Police Dept.
Arrests Lock Picker in Luxury Locksmith Robbery Case A locksmith and his girlfriend were arrested Thursday, February 12, for allegedly robbing a New York hotel room at gunpoint on Valentine’s Day, according police.
The incident occurred on the 14th floor of Trump International Golf Club, a luxury hotel in Greenville.
After entering through a locked door at around 10:30 p.pm. on Friday, February 13 at the hotel, the locksmith was able to steal $900 worth of jewels and cash from a private room.
Lee, 27, was arrested after a five-hour manhunt, according New Brunswick police.
Police have not identified any suspects in connection with the burglary.
Police are investigating whether Lee was motivated by the presidential election.
“Anyone who is a burglar is a criminal.
There is no place in our society for this type of crime.
The Trump Tower is a place of great public pride and pride for our country and for the city of New Brunswick,” said Greenville police Capt. Jason Prewitt.
“We will continue to investigate this crime and hold anyone who does this accountable.”
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