High-Class Cat Burglar 'Rico Suave' Roams LA

Debonair thief took $45K from Four Seasons days before Oscars
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2010 10:28 AM CST
"Rico Suave" caught on closed-caption TV in a hotel elevator.   (LAPD)

(Newser) – The LAPD has been on his trail since October, but that didn’t stop debonair burglar “Rico Suave” from pulling off a heist just days before the Oscars at one of Beverly Hills’ most glamorous hotels in the middle of a massive police presence. The thief apparently used his Spanish and a hotel manager’s uniform to charm his way into the room of Cuban sugar magnate Pepe Fanjul on the pretext of fixing a vent. When he left, so did $45,000 in jewelry.

“Rico Suave” appears to have a penchant for disguises and using his Spanish language facility to impersonate others. He’s posed as a member of a salsa band, then infiltrated its room and made off with $9,000. He dressed as a fan of a Mexican soccer team and somehow ran off with $10,000, and through some other subterfuge relieved an Israeli basketball team of $26,000 inside the Staples Center. “He has all the makings of that rare breed of sophisticated cat burglar,” an LAPD official tells the Los Angeles Times.

My Take on This Story
Show results without voting  |