A Beverly Hills man, Jobson Marangoni De Castro, 37, has been arrested and charged with interstate transportation of stolen property after allegedly stealing over $1.8 million worth of jewelry and other items from guests at a luxury hotel. The arrest was made at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
On May 10, De Castro reportedly deceived a hotel employee into providing him with a key to the victims’ room while they were dining. He then allegedly stole six suitcases containing jewelry, clothing, and accessories belonging to guests visiting from Brazil, who were in town for a fashion event the previous day. The stolen items were valued at over $1.8 million. The victims discovered their suitcases missing upon their return and promptly alerted hotel staff, who notified the authorities.
Federal prosecutors claim that De Castro traveled to Miami and contacted a potential buyer for the stolen goods through Instagram. Allegedly, De Castro informed the buyer that he wanted to sell a diamond necklace and luxury watch, but lacked the necessary documentation as he claimed to have found them in a box belonging to his deceased mother.
On May 18, the buyer wired De Castro $50,000 for the jewelry, which De Castro then delivered to the buyer’s store in Miami. The jewelry matched the description of the stolen items, and the name De Castro provided to the buyer, “Jobs Marangoni,” matched the name associated with his Uber account, according to authorities.
If convicted, De Castro could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. The investigation into the case was conducted by the FBI and the Beverly Hills Police Department.