Dennis Rodman to Avoid Charges from May's 'Heist' of Yoga Studio Clothing

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2019

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman attends an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals in Carson, Calif. The owner of a Southern California yoga studio is accusing Dennis Rodman of helping three people steal more than $3,500 in merchandise from his business. Ali Shah says security cameras captured the former NBA star walking into Vibes Hot Yoga in Newport Beach on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, with his alleged accomplices. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Dennis Rodman has not had charges pressed against him after the owner of VIBES Hot Yoga studio in Newport Beach, California, accused him of stealing clothes from his store May 7, according to TMZ Sports.

Per that report:

"The owner also accused Rodman and his crew of breaking—and then taking—a $2,500 crystal that was on display at the front desk...and says the whole thing was caught on video. Cops investigated the incident...and a woman who was with Rodman—Misty Ann Sacapano—was eventually hit with a felony charge of grand theft as well as a misdemeanor charge of shoplifting."

But a spokesperson for the Orange County District Attorney's office told TMZ that "No case has been submitted on Rodman," adding that "they don't anticipate receiving one from the Newport Beach PD."

Ali Shah, the owner of the yoga studio, told Julia Sclafani of the Los Angeles Times that $3,500 in merchandise was stolen from the studio in two separate heists.

Shah also said that surveillance showed Rodman with Sacapano on both occasions, talking to an employee at the studio in an alleged attempt to distract them while a "ginormous geode amethyst crystal that was for sale for $2,500" and "a pair of $359 leggings, a $300 top and items priced at $100 to $118 from upscale brands such as Spiritual Gangster and Lululemon" were stolen.

Rodman, however, told TMZ that studio staffers had told him he could take "a couple of gifts" for his help in moving the crystal.

He was also accused of slapping a man named Jeff Soulouque at a bar in Delray Beach, Florida, on May 17, though he denied the accusation, according to TMZ.

"I was like, 'What is your problem?'" Soulouque told Lois K. Solomon of the Sun Sentinel on May 23. "It was out of nowhere. He just hit me, and I was blindsided, and he started charging me."

A witness at the scene, David Lee Roth, told police he saw Rodman strike Soulouque twice. However, general manager Victor Korobka of the Buddha Sky Bar where the incident allegedly took place said there was no security footage and that a security guard with Rodman didn't report any confrontation or assault that evening.

"No employees or management witnessed it," Korobka added. "Nobody had any inkling. It's the most bizarre situation we've ever seen."

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