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Dennis Rodman Accused Of Helping Pals Rob Yoga Studio
Rodman and three friends were allegedly captured on surveillance video engaging in what looks to be a coordinated effort to steal merchandise.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been accused of helping his friends steal from a California yoga studio.
The owners of VIBES Hot Yoga studio in Newport Beach say that their security cameras captured the 57-year-old orchestrating the robbery of their store alongside three companions on Tuesday, TMZ reports. Footage obtained and published by the outlet shows the strange encounter, which seems to have lasted for around 20 minutes, judging by time stamps in the video.
First, Rodman can be seen entering the studio and speaking to employees; as he does so, a woman wearing sunglasses begins shoving articles of clothing into her bag. She browses through the store and at one point, she stands directly behind Rodman while putting another piece of clothing into her bag as Rodman shields her from view.
The woman continues stuffing clothes into her purse while Rodman’s male companion suddenly picks up what looks to be a large piece of art made of crystal or glass, which TMZ estimates to be worth $2,500. The unnamed man attempts to haul it onto a metal dolly, but he drops it and much of it shatters onto the floor.
At the end of the video, Rodman seems to be yelling at someone out of frame; TMZ reports that the man who dropped the sculpture claimed that he wanted to buy it, and Rodman chastised employees for the piece getting broken. Nevertheless, surveillance video shows the man wheeling the piece out of the studio while a woman clutching handfuls of merchandise follows along behind him.
The studio’s owners told TMZ that everyone in Rodman’s party left the store without paying. They also claim that the group smelled strongly of alcohol, according to the employees who interacted with them.
The incident was enough to push the owners into filing a police report, accusing the group of stealing the art and leaving with merchandise valued at $500, TMZ reports.
The Newport Beach Police Department declined to comment to TMZ and Rodman’s lawyer told Page Six it was “premature to comment.”
Rodman is currently on probation after pleading guilty last March to two misdemeanor charges related to a DUI arrest earlier that year. A judge ordered him to undergo a nine-month alcohol education program, pay a fine of nearly $400, and remain on probation for three years, USA Today reports.
Rodman has spoken openly about his sobriety journey in the past, telling TMZ in December that staying sober was a “struggle” that he was taking “one day at a time.”