WEST PALM BEACH —Two Miami-Dade County men accused of stealing the wallets and phones of five St. Patrick’s Day attendees. Patrick and a bartender in downtown West Palm Beach were arrested and charged Friday night, but not before they and a third accomplice paid $75 worth of shots on stolen credit cards, city police said Sunday.
Jose Gonzalez Rodriguez, 45, from Hialeah, and Orlando Milan, 54, from Miami, were arrested late Friday. Gonzalez Rodriguez was charged with credit card theft and credit card fraud, while Milan was charged with possession of a stolen credit card, the release said. A third Miami-Dade County man was arrested but police have not charged him, and have not disclosed his name.
Most of Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach had been blocked off Friday night for a massive St. Patrick’s Day party. Patrick’s which lasted a few blocks. Hundreds of people enjoying live music, St. Patrick’s Day drink specials. Patrick’s, and a crowded bar scene centered around Roxy’s Pub to the east and O’Shea’s Pub to the west.
Around 11pm Friday, five women from Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Pennsylvania were at Roxy’s Pub when they realized several of their cell phones and wallets had been stolen from their wallets. West Palm Beach Police confirmed that the women’s credit cards had been used in the same area — at Grease Burger Bar on Clematis Street and 123 Datura, a bar and club just east of the St. Patrick’s Day location. Patrick.
The three men who used the card have telephoned hundreds of bills, including a $75 shot, the news release said. Police arrested the men, and charged Gonzalez Rodriguez and Milan with credit card theft.
After their arrest, a bartender at 123 Datura found his cell phone missing. Police found phones in the Nissan Rogue the three men were driving, which were seized when they were arrested.
On Sunday morning, Gonzalez Rodriguez was released from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office main detention center on bond to a private confession. Milan remains being held on $4,500 bail.
11 was charged with a DUI on Friday night, Saturday morning
There was a lot of police in downtown West Palm Beach on St. Patrick’s Day. Patrick, a popular day for partying and consuming alcohol.
Detention center records show that 11 people were arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Palm Beach County between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. One person was arrested and charged with disorderly drunkenness in public.
Katherine Kokal is a journalist covering education at The Palm Beach Post. You can contact him at [email protected] Help support our work,subscribe today!