Notorious South Florida ‘bar girl’ now accused of drugging, stealing jewelry from South Beach oil tycoon
02/18/2014 4:34 PM
02/19/2014 8:19 AM
Subhanna Beyah, the notorious “bar girl” accused of drugging and robbing men across South Florida, has been charged again, this time for allegedly pilfering $76,000 in jewelry from a South Beach oil tycoon.
Miami-Dade prosecutors last week charged Beyah, 25, with grand theft. Last year, she was accused of stealing nearly half-a-million dollars worth of jewelry from New York Giants defensive lineman Shaun Rogers, a case that was eventually dropped.
Beyah, known to law enforcement as “Crystal,” is now in a Miami-Dade jail awaiting trial on the South Beach case, as well as probation violation hearing stemming from a 2012 grand-theft conviction.
She is facing a similar drug-and-steal case in Broward County.
In the Miami Beach case, the victim is Thomas Morgan, 61, listed by Forbes.com as the founder of Morgan Energy, a Colorado oil and gas exploration company. He also made the news in 2011, when he sold his Star Island mansion for $25.5 million.
He told Miami Beach detectives that in February 2013, the woman sidled up to him at the swank Zuma restaurant in downtown Miami.
The two, bound for his posh South Beach condo, hopped in his limo, where she made him a “special drink,” according to a police report. He passed out a few minutes after they arrived to the home. When he awoke, he told police, Beyah was gone – as was the jewelry in his safe.
Morgan immediately reported the crime to Miami Beach police, and later identified her as the same thief who had appeared in media coverage of the other robberies. But detectives did not make an arrest until he called yet again – after seeing Beyah profiled in a Miami New Times article last month.
He could not be reached for comment.
"I've yet to see a speck of evidence that my client was involved, as aggressively as we did in the Shaun Rogers case," said Beyah's attorney, Jonathan Meltz. "In the end, I'm confident the result will be the same: the state will drop the charges and Subhannah will be cleared of any wrongdoing. She looks forward to going home and seeing her children."
Police believe Beyah was part of a ring that targeted more than a dozen well-heeled South Florida bar patrons. The robberies were so rampant that law enforcement issued a composite sketch and warned men about “Crystal.”
Her deeds gained national notoriety in March 2013, when Rogers told police she had robbed him of over $400,000 in jewelry stored in safe at the Fontainebleau Hotel room. Investigators believe Beyah drugged Rogers after meeting him at the hotel’s LIV nightclub.
But the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office was forced to drop the grand theft charge after Rogers repeatedly refused to cooperate with prosecutors.
In the Broward case, two men from Pompano Beach, in separate episodes, say Beyah drugged them, then made off with cash, jewelry and firearms.
Beyah had been on probation for a 2012 conviction in Miami-Dade, and is now facing up to 20 years prison for violating the terms of her release.
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