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A Dead Body and a $24,000 Heist at the Delano

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The ultra-posh Delano Hotel in Miami Beach, where your average room price exceeds $800 per night, had a disastrous Christmas. The morning of December 24, cops found the body of a giant washed up on the beach behind the hotel. They still haven't identified the 6'9", 335-pound corpse, and homicide detectives are investigating.

Riptide has learned the body was found while hotel officials were still reeling from a room burglary that cost a wealthy guest upward of $24,000.

At 9:30 the night of December 21, according to a police report, Greek pharmaceutical magnate Achilles Vigopoulos went out to dinner, leaving his 10-year-old son, Nikolas, alone and asleep in his Delano room. He didn't return until after 2 a.m. and "did not check for his belongings."

The hummus hit the fan the next morning, when the tycoon awoke to find

his belongings had been stolen. This was not your average hotel room

theft: Vigopoulos told Miami Beach Police he was missing $24,000 in

cash, along with five Grecian passports, a $2,000 laptop, and an $800

Tumi bag. There was "no sign of forced entry" to his room, according to

the report, meaning that whoever burglarized it presumably had a


A Delano PR flack, Chad Fabrikant, did not respond to Riptide's inquiry

about the theft. Our spy at the hotel says two employees who would have

had access to the room, a housekeeper and a hotel engineer, are being

investigated. They better catch somebody fast: Vigopoulos's relatives

have contacted local attorney Irv J. Lamel, a specialist in civil


The lawyer declined to comment about the theft except to say his client

is "very upset." Vigopoulos could not be reached by phone and did not

respond to Riptide's email begging for irate quotes.

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