Daddy Yankee's lookalike breaks into singer's room and steals $2.3 million worth of jewelry and diamonds
The 'Gasolina' singer was robbed of $ 2.3 million worth of jewelry and diamonds as well as $2,500 cash on Tuesday night and the thief left no trace
Puerto Rican singer 'Daddy Yankee'was robbed of $ 2.3 million worth of jewelry and diamonds on Tuesday night as a thief impersonated him in the Spanish city of Valencia.
According to Spain’s La Vanguardia newspaper, a thief posing as the artist broke into his Melia Valencia hotel room in Valencia and called a hotel employee to open a safe containing $2.3 million (€2 million) of diamonds and jewelry. The lookalike then allegedly took the items and left the building, reports the newspaper.
'Daddy Yankee,' whose real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez returned to the room later that day and immediately instructed the hotel to alert authorities after he discovered that the items were missing along with $2,500 in cash.
Following the incident, the National Police arrived at the hotel and launched an investigation, checking security footage, identifying all the employees who had entered the room and reviewing all guests staying at the hotel. A forensics team inspected the room to check for fingerprints, DNA or any other evidence but the results indicated that the thief had left no traces.
The Melia Valencia hotel confirmed to Las Provincias that the robbery took place but refused to provide any further information, citing the ongoing police investigation. Although Valencia is noted to have a relatively low violent crime rate compared to other Spanish cities, it still experiences petty crime including widespread bicycle thefts, according to Salus Security Services.
The 41-year-old singer, songwriter, rapper, actor and record producer from San Juan, Puerto Rico coined the word “Reggaeton” to describe the new genre of music and is known as the “King of Reggaetón” among his peers. In 2004, he released his internationally acclaimed song “Gasolina” which launched the reggaetón genre onto the global stage. Since then, he has put out several more albums, selling 20 million records through his career.
Rodriguez also collaborated with Latin pop singer Luis Fonsi to release the 2017 hit single “Despacito,” which immediately became a global phenomenon, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.