Brazen Home Invasion Targets the Linen King and His Safe, Too

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Entrepreneur George Bardwil, New York’s “linen king,” says a home invasion robbery at his New York apartment on October 3 was carefully calculated.

Bardwil, who became wealthy selling home furnishings through his Bardwil Home website, said he frequently hosts large parties in his bachelor pad. He told the New York Post that “I’d invite 10 people, and there’d be 100. And they’d go on for two days,” adding he would sometimes lock himself in the bedroom as the party raged. Six months ago, following a theft after one of the parties, Barwil installed a security system with 15 internal surveillance cameras.

That’s why the multi-millionaire suspects one of his guests may have scoped out the apartment and planned the Monday heist with the thieves. “Somebody set me up,” he told the New York Daily News.

As With Many Home Invasions, the Homeowner Opened the Door

At 2:45 p.m., the time of the invasion, Bardwil was home with two male friends when the incident occurred. In an interview with police, Bardwil says he opened the front door to a buzz, assuming it was somebody he knew.

The two perpetrators entered the swanky East Side apartment in a flash and tied up the three men. One of the perpetrators was armed with a semi-automatic pistol. All three were told to lie face down on the floor and their hands were tied with twine. The housecleaner, who had been out walking the dog, was also forced to the ground when she returned.

Bardwill says the thieves obviously knew he had video surveillance equipment concealed in a closet, because they dismantled it before heading for a safe hidden under his bed. Nevertheless, prior to being turned off, security cameras clearly caught the perpetrators ringing the doorbell, as well as activity in the apartment upon entry.

A Storied Life

In 2009, Bardwil was arrested for an assault on his housekeeper, Reina Nuñez. Widely reported in the New York press, one online tabloid, the Greenwich Diva, reported that Bardwil bashed the skull of his 53-year old housekeeper with a heavy metal ashtray after accusing her of stealing. The New York Post, titled their story, “He beat me like a rug.”

Bardwil’s insurance company later sued the city for $187,000, alleging that the police stole Bardwil’s gold belt buckle encrusted with diamonds and a 320-karat Colombian emerald during the arrest.

Whatever the inspiration for the October 3 home invasion, the two robbers reportedly made off with $300,000 worth of designer watches and diamond jewelry acquired in the last month, along with cash and antique currency.

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