A Coral Gables man wanted for the theft of a naked Donald Trump statue in Wynwood turned himself in to police Friday — but refused to speak and even invoked the Fifth Amendment, police said.
Pedro A. Rodriguez, 36, a graffiti guide in Wynwood with a history of minor criminal acts, refused to tell police if he stole the iconic sculpture. He wouldn’t even say if he knew where it was.
Still, police and prosecutors believe they had enough probable cause to make an arrest. So Friday afternoon, Rodriguez was charged with grand theft and burglary.
Here’s what police say they know: When they arrived at the Harold Golden Gallery at Northwest Second Avenue and 23rd Street early Thursday morning, a witness said he saw a man walking on the roof where the statue was erected. It was about 3 a.m. Thursday.
Then, the man said, a person believed to be Rodriguez picked up the statue and dropped it into the back of a pickup truck. But before he could split, the witness took a picture of the license plate on the 2013, gray, Ford F-150. By early Friday, police linked the license plate to Rodriguez.
The statue is said to be worth about $50,000. INDECLINE, which uses satire to highlight political issues, created the statue, named, “The Emperor Has No Balls.’’
The statue is about 6 feet tall, pinkish or peach, shows cellulite and portrays Trump’s hands resting on a sagging belly. It also shows his privates — sort of.
On Thursday, a spokesperson for developer Moishe Mana’s Wynwood company said the sculpture was supposed to remain there until the November election. Mana has pledged to donate $1 million if Trump released his tax returns.
“The theft of the sculpture will not undermine our determination to stand strong for what it represents … and what we want to communicate — a profound statement against any forms of bigotry, racism and discrimination,’’the company said.
Still, the story took an unexpected twist. Late Friday, the naked statue of Donald Trump reappeared, dropped off at Miami police headquarters.
"We found Mr. Trump," proclaimed Deputy Miami Police Chief Luis Cabrera.
Well, most of him anyway.
The statue had been decapitated, the Republican presidential nominee's head and orange coif cut off. By the time it got to police, it had been obviously reattached.
Still missing: Trump's feet.
“He arrived some time after five,” said Cabrera. “He has damage.”