Presumably out on the hunt for more cash, the culprit who took the expensive frock actually called TMZ to explain why he had delivered it back to the scene of the crime. According to him, he stole the dress from Nyong’o’s room when he noticed the door was left ajar.
After taking the Academy Award winner’s gown, he cut two pearls off the all-white number to be appraised but later found out that they weren’t real. He then hid the dress and its garment bag inside a trash bag before depositing it back at the hotel, stashing it inside the second floor bathroom adjacent to a fitness center.
The burglar said that he called the website with the tip because he wanted the world to know “Hollywood’s fake bullshit.”
There are currently no suspects but cops are reviewing CCTV.
Apart from a few of the 6,000 pearls falling off, there is no damage to the dress, which Lupita, 31, wore for last Sunday’s ceremony, held in Hollywood.
LAPD’s Michael White said:
“Hotel staff searched and found the dress in a bag hidden behind a counter in the bathroom.
“A few smaller pearls appear to have fallen off the dress, but it seems to be intact.”
Investigators continued to pore over video and question people who may have had access to the room before the Wednesday disappearance.
Industry insiders countered the bandit’s claims — scoffing at the $150,000 price tag and putting its true value exponentially higher. Such dresses are typically worn once and then put on display in the designer’s archives, the insiders said.
Meanwhile the police is keeping the dress until either Lupita or a rep from Calvin Klein picks it up.