Police in Boca Raton, Fla., said yesterday they have arrested a man in connection with the theft of documents and other items taken from Biogenesis whistle-blower Porter Fischer.
Police identified the suspect as Reginald St. Fleur, 20, who worked at the same tanning salon frequented by Fischer. St. Fleur was charged with armed burglary.
The documents taken were reportedly later sold to Major League Baseball by another person and introduced during Alex Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension related to MLB's Biogenesis investigation into performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez is awaiting an arbitrator's decision.
Police made no connection between St. Fleur and Gary Jones, the individual who reportedly sold the files to MLB. The police report said Fischer and Jones were at the tanning salon on March 25 during the burglary of Fischer's vehicle, which he told police included the files, a .32 Beretta pistol, cash, gym clothes and electronics. Police said Jones' vehicle also was broken into, but he refused to file a police report.
Boca Raton public information officer Sandra Boonenberg said, "Our crime is solved, we have the person who committed the burglary. His DNA, his blood was found on the vehicle.''
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Boonenberg said St. Fleur denied any wrongdoing before invoking his right to an attorney.
Boonenberg refused to speculate on how the files wound up in the hands of Jones, who reportedly sold them to MLB at a diner in Fort Lauderdale.
"Obviously there are still some unanswered questions," she said. "But we have our suspect."
MLB, which has maintained it did not know the files were stolen, said in a statement, "We have never had any interaction with this individual."
Rodriguez's attorneys refused comment.
Fischer worked with Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, MLB's star witness in its case against Rodriguez. The files contained notes made by Bosch listing the dates of illegal substances allegedly sold to Rodriguez.Bosch's spokesman has maintained that Fischer took the files from Bosch.
H. Scott Fingerhut, Fischer's attorney, issued a statement following the arrest of St. Fleur. "Porter is gratified that his call for justice has finally been heeded and that those responsible for victimizing him [there are surely others, higher up, involved] shall be fairly punished."