President Donald Trump will reportedly stay at his namesake Trump Tower in Manhattan while he is in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly meetings this week, and while security would have already been exceptionally tight for the duration of his stay, it may be ramped up an extra notch in light of unsettling events that have occurred on the premises.
Police are currently investigating at least two alleged thefts in separate apartments at Trump Tower in recent weeks that resulted in the disappearance of jewelry estimated to be worth more than $350,000.
Police investigating suspected thefts
The New York Post reported that, according to unnamed sources in the NYPD, it remains unclear at this point in time if the alleged thefts were perpetrated by a single individual or a team of thieves.
Furthermore, based on the investigation conducted by detectives thus far, it strongly appears that the thefts were an “inside job” and not the work of outsiders unfamiliar with the building or its tenants.
“It’s not somebody breaking into the building or roaming the halls, trying the doors until they find one that’s open,” one of the anonymous law enforcement sources told the Post.
High-value jewelry missing
The first alleged victim is a 67-year-old woman who lives on the 42nd floor and reported to police that at least five valuable pieces of jewelry had gone missing from her apartment at some point between June 21 and Sept. 9.
Taken together, the woman’s missing items had an estimated value of $236,000 and included a diamond bracelet, a diamond and emerald necklace, and a matching set encompassing a pair of diamond and sapphire-encrusted earrings, a necklace, and a ring.
The other alleged theft was reported by a 33-year-old art dealer on the 59th floor who reported having lost a $117,000 diamond bracelet between the period of Sept. 4-9.
Possible inside job
According to the Post‘s law enforcement sources, there were no apparent signs at either of the apartments of a break-in, nor was there evidence that either of those residences had been ransacked in search of the valuable jewelry.
As such, investigators are reportedly looking closely at individuals who would have already been granted access to those apartments, such as hotel employees including cleaning staff and maintenance workers, outside contractors brought in for special jobs, or any others who might have a valid reason for being inside the building and would otherwise evade suspicion or scrutiny.
It is also worth noting that police do not suspect insurance fraud to be at play with regard to the missing jewelry, which would suggest that the police have already investigated the backgrounds of the two alleged victims and have cleared them of involvement.
Hopefully, the police are able to quickly determine what happened and who is responsible for the apparent theft of valuable jewelry from at least two tenants in Trump Tower, and that whoever is ultimately deemed responsible is held fully accountable.