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Man who stole 2 assault rifles from parked car arrested, police say

Robert Patterson
Robert Patterson

Miami police arrested a homeless man and convicted felon who detectives say stole two assault rifles from a Mercedes in a Brickell condominium garage earlier this month.

Robert Patterson, 30, now faces charges including armed burglary of an unoccupied car, grand theft and firearm possession by a convicted felon. His record includes arrests for burglary and petty theft.

On June 12, a man reported to police that his two Smith & Wesson rifles were missing from his car, which parked in a condominium garage at 1050 Brickell Ave.

Police later released surveillance video to the media showing a man getting into a 2016 black Mercedes Benz E 400, sitting for a few minutes and then removing something from the trunk.

On Tuesday, police say a tip came in leading them to Patterson. It was not clear whether the guns were recovered.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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