Playboy snapped at pad
PLAYBOY gold dealer Alex Mendieta briefly returned to his million-dollar Albert Park apartment last night — days after his arrest in connection with a series of smash-andgrab jewellery store robberies.
Mr Mendieta, 31, was dropped off outside the Roy St complex shortly before 6pm in a blue BMW.
He reappeared 10 minutes later in a fresh shirt and, trying to hide his face, got back into the car before driving away.
THE diamond and gold trading company owned by bailed playboy Alex Mendieta has alerted its loans customers that they have nothing to worry about.
In a sign the company has been inundated with calls from worried clients, Gold Buyers Melbourne — linked to a series of jewellery store raids across Melbourne — has gone into crisis mode since the arrest of Mr Mendieta on Thursday.
“If you have loans with us, do not worry,’’ its website says. “The loans are safe. Call on Monday for any queries.’’ Police swooped on Mr Mendieta and two associates as they probed a series of 33 jewellery store robberies involving African youths — some linked to the Apex gang.
Colombian-born Mr Mendieta, a dual citizen, and two co-accused also of Colombian origin were released on bail charged with a range of offences relating to handling stolen goods.
Gold Buyers Melbourne closed for business for most of Friday and yesterday, but assured clients its Collins St office would be open tomorrow.
Its Adelaide sister office published a similar message to clients after also closing its doors both days.
Mr Mendieta lives in an apartment building near Albert Park, renting an apartment below the penthouse, where he often hosts lavish parties for well-heeled guests.
The spacious apartment costs him upwards of $1000 a week to rent, but Mr Mendieta’s business dealings have been making him millions.
A woman who lives in the building said she was surprised to read the allegations against Mr Mendieta.
“He seemed like a really nice guy. He gave me a lift once into the city in his Lamborghini ... I haven’t seen him for about a fortnight. I heard a rumour he was about to move out.”
Mr Mendieta, a director and secretary of five companies, several of them loan firms, began his rise e to riches in 2011 after going into business with his brother, Julio. He turned over $60 million in n the first six months of 2017.
Since being charged and bailed on Thursday, Mr Mendieta has shut down hiss social media accounts andd refused to speak to media.
On Friday, the Gangs s Crime Squad executed a warrant at a CBD bank to seizee safety deposit boxes used byy Mr Mendieta.
He and his co-accused willl return to court on October 10. email@example.com
Alex Mendieta outside his apartment last night. Picture: YURI KOUZMIN
Images of Mr Mendieta from his Facebook page, now shut down.