Bikini-Clad Tourist Chases Thief After $41,000 Jewelry Snatch at Delano Pool

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Courtesy of Miami-Dade County Corrections
Jessie Torrecilla
A brazen bandit snatched a handbag from a bikini-clad guest at 3 p.m. Friday, June 13, as she lay poolside at the swank Delano hotel, and made off with $41,000 in jewelry.

The victim, 30-year-old Staci Gabrielson from Orangeburg, New York, "began to yell" and then chased the man, who bolted "northbound on the boardwalk," the police report shows, past the Surfcomber Hotel.

Inside Gabrielson's bag: $41,000 in "various pieces of precious jewelry," the report shows, including $300 in cash and an Apple iPad.

"I got it from an inheritance," Gabrielson told Riptide. "We weren't able to check it in yet."

"He just hopped the fence into the pool area, took my bag, and ran," said Gabrielson, who dashed after the suspect, raising eyebrows at the posh art deco hotel known for its celebrity clientele. "I ran after him barefoot, in my bikini."

Two bystanders heard her cries for help and joined in the chase. The group -- including the loot-clenching suspect, bikini-clad victim, and two good Samaritans -- scurried along Collins Avenue past a police officer, who called for backup.

The suspect "dropped the handbag" near 17th Street and kept running. Minutes later, a police sergeant found and arrested Jessie Torrecilla, 30, of Miami Beach, who was charged with grand theft and trespassing, according to the report.

Torrecilla entered a plea of not guilty June 16, court records show, and was released on bond.

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Todd Jenkins
Todd Jenkins

Stupid tourist trick. $41k worth of jewelry in a handbag.... Now everyone in the hotel knows she has it and she is dumb. Some smoother thief will get it from her before she leaves South Florida.

Bruce Shelton
Bruce Shelton

Thank God this piece of South Florida vermin is off the street. When they caught him, pest control should have been called & they could spray this cockroach

Joshua Sobero Flores
Joshua Sobero Flores

This guy stole a phone from the fountaine bleu and ran passed the eden ROC where we stopped him. All for an iPhone.

Shelby Brooke
Shelby Brooke

Or, she did inherit it, and that is very unfortunate, because she sounds like a dildo-head

Cts Limo Cts Limo
Cts Limo Cts Limo

Something smells fishy! No one in their right state of mind carries that much valuables by the pool, where was the security, boardwalk behund delano? There's ni boardwalk north of 14 Street, the cops cought him on 17 Street? Delano is right on the corner of 17 & Collins, so where did the chase take place?

Shelby Brooke
Shelby Brooke

She could have easily stolen it just as yo snatched it

Josi Denise
Josi Denise

They "weren't able to check it in yet" after she "got it from an inheritance" - what? So you were already in a bikini, at a Delano weekend pool party, with a bag of $41K in jewelry next to your mojito and sunscreen? Weren't able to check it in where? If you're staying at the hotel, seems like you'd prioritize stashing your shit before going to the pool. If you're staying at another nearby hotel - but decided to stop by the Delano pool straight from um.. the airport? Your meeting with a lawyer about your dead great aunt's jewelry? It's called priorities.

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

No surprise the alleged suspect is a local.  The locals love ripping off tourists. 

Rock Rezaie
Rock Rezaie

He had no idea what he stole which was grand theft. ..haha..long jail. He probably thought it was cash ..couple of hundred

Kamen Sway
Kamen Sway

Friday the 13th, what else could've gone wrong that day? Karma has it's mysterious ways of paying it forward, I wander who would be running bikini clad now around the prison block?

Frederick Nachman
Frederick Nachman

We were barred from entering the Delano a few years ago because we weren't guests. How did this mook get in?

Stefano Alessio
Stefano Alessio

"I got it from an inheritance," Gabrielson told Riptide. Yes, of course you did. Just as I suspected. I knew she had performed no labor to earn that amount of money in jewelry. That must have made for a hilarious chase scene. A pity not to have witnessed it.

red.cell
red.cell

"Inside Gabrielson's bag: $41,000 in "various pieces of precious jewelry," the report shows, including $300 in cash and an Apple iPad." Why? Why even have all this stuff with you at a pool? Was it safer in your purse by the pool Staci, or locked in the hotel safe? Not that the robber had the rite to steal her shit, but if it wasn't all with her to begin with, she wouldn't be out so much.

jhernandez35
jhernandez35

@DrumRollPlease that's the way it usually works...I'd be surprised for example if a tourist went to New York and got robbed by a Texan.

ivxx305
ivxx305

@red.cell "I got it from an inheritance," Gabrielson told Riptide. "We weren't able to check it in yet."

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

@jhernandez35 Miami Beach has a large amount of thieves who live in slum apartments a few blocks away from the tourist hotels.  They do this stuff all day long.  The other thieves drive from local areas and come to the beach looking for victims.  Then they scatter back over the causeway.  Most tourists in Miami Beach are targets.  The higher end hotel the better target. 

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