Miami-Dade County

Man wearing ‘5,000 Role Models’ tie steals car, police say

He’s no role model, despite his tie.

A man appearing to be in his late 20s or early 30s stole a staffer’s 2013 black Volkswagen Passat from Miami Edison Senior High School, according to Miami-Dade Schools Police. He was wearing a dark hoodie, a Kangol-style golf hat — and a 5,000 Role Models of Excellence tie.

The organization is a nonprofit, started in 1993 by South Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, pairs adult male mentors with “at-risk” young men of color. The distinctive tie is bright red with black hand prints.

Witnesses and soon-to-be released video footage show the tie clearly, said schools police spokesman Lt. Raul Correa.

“I’ve got to give it to the guy,” he said. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Police said the unknown man walked into the attendance office around 1 p.m.Tuesday and swiped the keys off the counter. He drove east on Northwest 62nd Street. The car tag is DVSI67.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc

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