Man pleads guilty for Beverly Hills hotel theft

De Castro stole millions of dollars of items from guests in Beverly Hills and sold them in Florida.

A Southern California man pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $2 million worth of jewelry, clothing, and accessories from guests at a Beverly Hills hotel. 

Jobson Marangoni De Castro, 38, then traveled to Florida to sell the stolen goods, according to federal prosecutors. 


Driving the news: De Castro targeted two victims who had brought six suitcases filled with jewelry and high-end items worth about $1.8 million to attend a fashion event in Beverly Hills.

  • De Castro tricked a hotel employee into giving him the key to the victims’ room and stole all their suitcases while they were at dinner.
  • He then traveled to Miami and attempted to sell the stolen jewelry to a potential buyer on social media, but was arrested after the buyer wired $50,000 for the jewelry, which matched the description of the items stolen from the victims in Beverly Hills.
  • De Castro pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. He is scheduled to appear for an evidentiary hearing to determine the loss amount and will face a sentencing hearing in the following months.
  • The FBI and the Beverly Hills Police Department were involved in the investigation.
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