By now, most of us have heard about the third man who allegedly stole the video recording device from a home in New York City’s Bronx borough.
In a statement released today, he claimed to have “a video recorder” and claimed that he had the same name as the original person who stole it from his home.
The thief, named in court documents as Eric Yee, is seeking $250,000 in damages and his home is now under lock down.
The theft occurred sometime around March 19, according to the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court by Eric Yees lawyer, Robert F. Hickey.
Yee is accused of taking the device from his father’s home in Queens and selling it to a friend for $30.00.
A day later, another man, named as Richard S. Zolot, was arrested on suspicion of the same crime.
Both men were released on bond, and the court ordered Yee to have no contact with either of them.
Hickey told Ars that Eric YEE was the same guy who sold the stolen device to a Manhattan woman named Michelle Leventhal for $70.00 in August.
He said that after that transaction, Yee called his father and told him about the theft.
The father said that the phone was still in the car, and that he gave it to Yee at the time of the arrest.
Yee’s lawyer also said that he knew Eric Yeezys father’s name and had seen the phone on his son’s Facebook page.
But he said that Yee’s dad never showed up at the New York State Police crime lab to take the phone back.
“It was my understanding that Eric did not have a criminal history in New Jersey or anywhere else in the country,” Yee said.
Yees attorney also said he was contacted by a friend of his father who said Yee had been selling the recording device to him in Manhattan.
When Ars asked Yee if he had any evidence that his father had been the original owner of the device, he said he didn’t have any evidence.
“I’m just not going to be able to prove that he did.
If there was a theft, we’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Yees said.
“But that’s not what happened.”
Yees defense team also said in court papers that they were unable to locate any video footage of Yee in his father s home or at the police station where the police arrested him.
“He is a mentally ill man with a history of mental illness, and I’m not going anywhere until I get my money,” Hickey said.
Haney said that when Eric Yoo went to court to have the device returned, his father did not come to the hearing.
“Eric Yee was never there,” Haney said.
The New York District Attorney’s office declined to comment on the case, and an NYPD spokesperson said they did not respond to Ars’ request for comment.