West Palm Beach Fla May 4 2012 An armed security guard at a suburban West Palm Beach flea market and his father were arrested Tuesday after they allegedly stole merchandise from the retail venue last month.
Michael Rodriguez, 27, of West Palm Beach, and his father Leonardo Rodriguez, 48, of Lake Worth, are facing charges of burglary and grand theft, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. The elder Rodriguez was released Wednesday night on $6,000 bond. The younger Rodriguez was released Tuesday on $16,000 bond, jail records show.
According to a pair of probable-cause arrest affidavits, the father and son stole about $750 worth of jewelry and more than $4,500 worth of merchandise from two stores located inside the Sunshine Flea Market. Security footage allegedly captured the men inside the flea market altering the direction of security cameras on the night of April 16.
However, additional security cameras captured their activity, the affidavits said. In one instance, the security footage reportedly showed two men crawling under the locked and secured screen to gain access to the shoe store.
The shoe store owner later reported that various sneakers and laptop computers had been stolen. The owner of the jewelry store also reported that his business had been burglarized. When he arrived, he noticed his security cameras were pointing in a different direction, an affidavit said.
One suspect was identified as Michael Rodriguez, a flea market security guard. Site managers later questioned him when he returned to work. Rodriguez confessed to burglarizing the shoe store, but denied entering the jewelry store, an affidavit said.
Michael Rodriguez later implicated his father while speaking to sheriff’s investigators. He said his father brought him food that night and came up with the idea to check out the stores. Leonardo Rodriguez allegedly climbed on top of the jewelry store’s locked and secured screen to gain access.
An affidavit said that Michael Rodriguez provided his father with information about jewelry inside the business and remained outside as a lookout. He also allegedly repositioned the security cameras before his father entered the jewelry store.