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He’s accused of committing grand theft 15 months before stealing ‘Grand Theft Auto’

Man robs Hialeah GameStop at gun point

The Hialeah Police Department arrested Kelvin Steve Mejia for allegedly robbing a GameStop store at gunpoint on June 11, 2017.
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The Hialeah Police Department arrested Kelvin Steve Mejia for allegedly robbing a GameStop store at gunpoint on June 11, 2017.

Among the many charges continuous criminal Kelvin Mejia has faced, he’s never dealt with this combination — accused of committing grand theft without a weapon a year before stealing “Grand Theft Auto” at gunpoint.

When Hialeah police wanted to arrest Mejia Monday for the armed robbery of a GameStop video game store, they found Miami-Dade police beat them to the incarceration punch by five hours. Miami-Dade picked up Mejia for the March 2016 robbery of a Northwest 27th Avenue apartment one floor above his home.

Both agencies say fingerprints led them to Mejia, whose arrests dates to 2006. The 28-year-old’s 19 arrests have turned into convictions for felony marijuana possession; marijuana possession with intent to distribute; felony cocaine possession; misdemeanor marijuana possession; home burglary; obstruction of justice by threats and intimidation; and driving without a license (eight times). He’s done jail time, but not state prison time.

Miami-Dade police say Mejia’s fingerprints were found in a Northwest 27th Avenue apartment that got hit for five watches, two big-screen TVs and $3,000 in cash on March 23, 2016. The arrest report says Mejia claimed he’s never been in the apartment. Asked to explain how his fingerprints got there, he used his right to remain silent.

Hialeah police say a latent fingerprint left at the GameStop, 961 E. Eighth Ave, matched Mejia’s. But Hialeah also had surveillance video of a short guy (Mejia’s 5-3) with close-cropped hair whipping out a gun on a GameStop clerk before scooping up 10 PlayStation games (including “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops”), a Minecraft game, a PlayStation controller and $300 cash. And the camera on the door got a face-on look at the gunman.

The charges against Mejia from the apartment robbery are third-degree grand theft, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and criminal mischief under $200. His bond’s $17,500 from that, but that’s moot. He was given no bond on robbery with a deadly weapon from the GameStop robbery and $15,000 for possession of a firearm by a felon and use of a firearm in committing a felony.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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