Man accused of breaking into Amanda Peet’s home acquitted

Last Updated: May 11, 2010, 16:55 PM IST

New York: A man, who was accused of breaking into actress Amanda Peet’s Manhattan home and stealing her jewellery, has been acquitted.

Career criminal Henry Santos would have faced 15 years in prison if he had been convicted of the 2009 intrusion at the Tribeca loft.

Out on 2,000 dollars bail, he didn’t show up for the verdict, but it was not held against him since he was found not guilty.

Peet’s babysitter testified that she walked in on Santos after he pried open a skylight - and that he fled while she grilled him.

But Santos’ lawyer claimed the nanny picked the wrong man out of a line-up and that there was no physical evidence connecting him to the crime.

One juror said the nanny’s description of the perp didn’t impress them.

“She was very vague,” the New York Daily News quoted the juror as saying.

Peet’s screenwriter husband, David Friedman, testified during the trial in Manhattan Supreme Court about the call he got from her after the incident.

“She was pregnant and she was panicked,” he added.