Updated: 18/05/17 : 05:58:34
A HOTEL burglar who stole more than €150,000 worth of jewellery from Jose Mourinho is now claiming to have set himself up - as a hotel security consultant!Sligo native and convicted burglar Jamie Filan (36), spent two years in prison in the UK after CCTV nabbed him fleeing the five-star Wyndham Grand Hotel in Chelsea in the wake of the 2013 raid.
Filan – who also previously served a jail term for causing the death of dental nurse Michelle Dever in a hit-and-run in the UK in 2006 – said he is now using the skills he acquired during a crime spree at some of the UK’s top hotels to advise the same chains on how to prevent thefts like the one he carried out.
“I’ve gone legit,” Filan told the Sunday World.
“People thought I had got into the hotel rooms by taking key-cards from cleaners, but I got access by manipulating locking mechanisms with magnets.“A lot of the top hotels use the same type of security and card systems on their doors so they are vulnerable to the methods I used.
“I saw the gap there for someone like me to advise the hotels on how to prevent criminals getting access to their rooms. I already have two hotel chains on my books.”
The court heard Filan blagged his way into the Mourinhos’ hotel room by tricking a cleaner.
Filan rifled through the couple’s jewellery, making off with a Bulgari white gold watch and earrings worth £30,450, a £14,900 Van Cleef and Arpels gold bracelet, a Tiffany 18ct white gold diamond cross pendant worth £2,450, a Boucheron gold ring, valued at £4,600 and a pair of Chaumet 18ct white gold diamond earrings worth £2,750.
Filan then stuffed the haul into one of Mourinho’s Louis Vuitton suitcases before leaving the room and asking hotel staff to order him a taxi.“I knew it would be lucrative,” Filan previously told the Sunday World when asked why he’d targeted Mourinho.
“I knew there would be a lot of money in the room.”
A prosecutor, told the court how the Mourinho family were left “extremely distressed” after the raid.
Filan was caught a fortnight later after he targeted another suite at the Four Seasons in Park Lane. He was brought before Southwark Court andsentenced to 31 months in prison.
Later, in July of that year, he was jailed for a further four years after he owned up to a string of other raids on five-star-hotels.