NEW YORK – Authorities say a serial thief has taken about $250,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and other valuables from a United Arab Emirates princess' luxury New York hotel room.
Suspect James Bennett is due in court Nov. 21 after a procedural appearance Monday. He faces grand larceny and other charges in an Oct. 30 theft from Dubai Princess Arwa al-Qassimi's room at The Plaza hotel and the Oct. 24 disappearance of employee paychecks from an office in another hotel.
Bennett had been due to find out Monday whether he was indicted. Defense lawyer Javier Damien says he agreed to give prosecutors more time to investigate. No contact information for the princess was available.
A court complaint says about $35,000 worth of the items stolen from The Plaza were found in Bennett's home.