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82-year-old ‘Holiday Bandit’ arrested after years of luxury Manhattan apartment break-ins

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The man knew how to charm (or sneak) his way past doormen, who were none the wiser as he slipped out with gems, jewelry and other luxury items from some of Manhattan’s poshest condo buildings.

Samuel Sabatino, 82, had been at it for 10 years, reports say; the Florida retiree was charged on Labor Day weekend with committing 11 burglaries in New York City, according to the New York Times and NBC 4.

Sabatino would drive up from Miami, typically crashing in New Jersey at a motel, before driving over the George Washington Bridge and picking his targets on holiday weekends when the residents might be on vacation.

“This was becoming a yearly occurrence, because we could expect to get hit, on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend every summer,” NYPD Lt. Kevin Blake, who led the investigation, told the Times.

In 2019, Sabatino stole more than $100,000 worth of items, NBC said.

It took investigators years to find him because he had been living under a new identity as James Clement.

Bail was set at $250,000, according to NBC.

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