Allegation: Fake ID, Stolen Credit Cards, Cocaine In Delray Beach Aloft Hotel
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) (News App readers click here for full report) — Andrew Abruzzese, the owner of the famed Pineville Tavern in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, spoke calmly. The sadness in his voice was unmistakable.
Just hours after BocaNewsNow.com broke the story that his son — Drew Abruzzese — was arrested in Delray Beach on multiple charges, Andrew wanted everyone to know that Drew is a good guy, a husband, a dad to a young child, and clearly dealing with personal issues.
“We’re devastated,” he said. “Just devastated.”
Drew Abruzzese was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fierei in 2011. He became the celebrity face of his family’s restaurant — a tavern that dates back to the 1700s. He was so notable that BocaNewsNow.com’s exclusive reporting on Drew’s arrest was picked up by other media in the Philadelphia area.
It wasn’t the first arrest for Abruzzese. As highly respected Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Michael Klein wrote last year, Abruzzese was accused of firing a BB gun into someone’s home. He was arrested in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is facing trial later this year.
While he was arrested in Pennsylvania, Drew was apparently living in Boca Raton at the time. A family attorney said he moved to South Florida more than a year ago.
“He has not been in or had any involvement in the restaurant since,” said family attorney James Matour of Philadelphia’s Dilworth Paxon.
As COVID struck and devastated the restaurant industry, Drew Abruzzese apparently tried to pivot to something else. Awaiting trial on the Pennsylvania charge, he worked to move forward from his apartment on Broken Sound Parkway in Boca.
But something happened on Wednesday at the Aloft Hotel in Delray Beach. We are publishing the complete police report below. It reads like a storyline from Miami Vice.
Abruzzese is accused of using multiple aliases to avoid paying for his room at the hotel. Apparently using different voices, he called the front desk and claimed to be a family member interested in paying for the room, over the phone, by credit card. The credit cards were not his. Police, alerted by management, found credit cards and identification in several names in Drew’s hotel room. Using an override key provided by hotel management, police allegedly found cocaine in the hotel room’s safe.
For Andrew Abruzzese, trying to keep his restaurant afloat as COVID continues, he is now a dad and grandfather trying to keep his family together.
For Drew Abruzzese, the trial in Pennsylvania is pending while he is now facing Florida charges of possessing a forged drivers license or ID card, possessing counterfeited credit cards, fraudulent use of credit cards to obtain goods valued at $300 or more, cocaine possession, and possession of drug equipment.
Drew Abruzzese was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 5:03 Thursday morning. He was released late Friday evening on $4,000 bond.
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