NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. – While Leonardo Falcon served as president of the Kennedy House condominium in North Bay Village, he stole his next door neighbor's dishwasher by simply ordering maintenance workers to go into the unit and take it, police said.
The condo heist was allegedly part of a scheme Falcon had with condo manager Rachel Badilla to strip the unit, which was vacant at the time, of its kitchen, including the cabinets, granite counter top, and all appliances.
According to a police report, Badilla ordered the maintenance workers to load the rest of the dismantled kitchen into their personal trucks and deliver it to her Miami home, where Badilla and family members put it into a storage shed.
In all, the damage cost done to the unit amounted to $25,000.
Badilla and her assistant manager, Alejandra Saucedo, were charged with organized scheme to defraud and grand theft, while Falcon was arrested on a grand theft charge.
Badilla was also arrested for theft last August after allegedly forging a board member's name on a $4,500 Kennedy House check and cashing it.
Despite the arrests, she remains in charge as manager and Falcon, according to residents, has yet to officially resign.
North Bay Village manager Frank Rollason said the criminal investigation is continuing at the Kennedy House.
That theft was one of several burglaries that have occurred at the Kennedy House with no signs of forced entry.
In another case, a unit was stripped of its expensive appliances which were then replaced with old damaged ones. When police investigated, Badilla told them it was a "mistake," and said her management company would pay for damages.
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