Miami-Dade County

Thwarted beer thief drops phone, police say, then steals more beer and heads home

Gabriel Gelpi Rodriguez
Gabriel Gelpi Rodriguez Miami-Dade Corrections

He walked out of a grocery store with a cart full of stolen beer, police said, then he did it again. And he might have slipped away if he didn’t drop something identifying — his phone.

Miami police were called to a Brickell Publix, at 911 SW First Ave., by the general manager around 9 a.m. Tuesday. He said a man left the store without paying for $160 worth of Corona. When the manager chased him, the thief dropped the beer and his phone.

Twenty minutes later, an officer was filling out the report when he got another call. A man walked out of a Winn Dixie, at 1525 Coral Way, with $300 worth of beer.

Police said the thief went home, which is where cops found him. They also discovered two outstanding warrants.

Gabriel Rodriguez, a 25-year-old Miami man, was arrested and charged with two counts of theft.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc