Miami police investigate safe break-in at shuttered Gold Rush strip club

 

dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

Police detectives are investigating the apparent theft of $42,480 from the safe of the Gold Rush strip club in downtown Miami, which is managed by prominent Palm Beach County real estate developer Marc Roberts.

According to a police report, the club’s management called Miami police on March 27 after Gold Rush’s accountant noticed someone stole three digital recording units from the manager’s office — and the safe key.

There was no sign of forced entry “and the manager believes this crime to be committed by an employee,” according to a Miami police report.

“I have no comment,” said Jeffrey Allen Levy, the club employee who reported the incident. “It’s in the hands of the police department.”

The popular 24-hour club, acquired by Roberts and his lawyer last year, is now closed.

On Monday, workers were removing fixtures from inside the club.

“One has nothing to do with the other,” Levy said of the club’s closing and the reported theft. Levy said he did not know if and when the club would re-open.

The police report said employees initially could not tell if the money was missing. A Miami police spokesman said the burglary unit has indeed opened an investigation.

According to state records, the company’s principal agent is Debra Slifkin, who, in press accounts, has described herself as Roberts’ lawyer.

She did not return repeated phone calls from The Miami Herald.

Roberts, a sports agent and former boxing promoter, is known as one of the developers behind the failed plan to redevelop Miami’s blighted Park West district around the Adrienne Arsht Center.

The ambitious plan launched in 2004, which cost more than $300 million in land acquisition, eventually fizzled and led to a series a of lawsuits involving Roberts.

In one of the lawsuits, investor and partner Harvey Silverman claimed Roberts secretly fleeced him to fund a lavish lifestyle. Roberts in turn sued Silverman. The case was put on hold after Roberts filed by bankruptcy, court records show.

Roberts has also been a big donor to the Republican Party of Florida, according to press accounts. His website once claimed his expertise was tapped for the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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