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Miami beer bandit arrested after dropping phone, police say

Police say Gabriel Rodriguez, 25, stole hundreds of dollars' worth of beer

Police say Gabriel Rodriguez dropped his cellphone during a recent beer theft in Miami.
Police say Gabriel Rodriguez dropped his cellphone during a recent beer theft in Miami.

MIAMI – A man suspected in a series of beer thefts at Miami supermarkets was arrested Thursday after dropping his cellphone during a recent getaway, police said.

Gabriel Rodriguez, 25, faces a petit theft charge. He also had two outstanding bench warrants.

Miami police said Rodriguez was responsible for stealing hundreds of dollars' worth of beer Wednesday from a Publix and a Winn-Dixie.

According to an arrest affidavit, Rodriguez walked out of a Publix on Southwest First Avenue without paying for more than $150 worth of Corona beers. As he left, Rodriguez dropped his phone, and the store manager gave it to police.

Police said Rodriguez also walked out of a Winn-Dixie on Southwest 22nd Street with a dozen 12 packs of beer worth more than $300.

The Broward Sheriff's Office is also investigating whether Rodriguez is responsible for similar thefts in Broward County.


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