There had been a series of robberies in some of the swankiest hotels in New York city as of late, more than usual and seemed to be the work of what one could call a serial cat burglar. The police weren’t contacted as the incidents were handled by the house detectives, but in spite of their thorough investigations they couldn’t come up with any reasonable clues.
Everything had been kept quiet as the hotels in question didn’t want word to leak out to the public; doing so might damage their establishment’s reputations and frighten away the rich and famous.
Among these hotels were the the Waldorf-Astoria, the Savoy Plaza, the Drake Hotel and the Biltmore, just to name a few.
Wealthy guests who’d been robbed of their gems and jewels often visited their favorite hotels under assumed names to avoid the gossip columnists and celebrity seekers, or simply because these guests weren’t always with their respective spouses.
No one but the hotel managers knew of identities of certain guests staying at their establishments, and their reputations were above reproach. Yet it was these incognito guests who were the ones who had been robbed.
The manager of the Biltmore was a friend of Alexander Waverly’s and out of desperation he contacted him, begging U.N.C.L.E. to help solve these string of cat burglaries and keep news of them out of the public eye.
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