February 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Police arrest man suspected of being fishy-smelling thief of $45,000 Rolex
A 43-year-old man suspected of bolting from a downtown Seattle jewelery store with a $45,000 Rolex on his wrist last month was arrested Wednesday night at Tent City in Shoreline.
A toothless man told Ben Bridge Jewelers employees on Jan. 18 he smelled fishy because he was a wealthy fisherman, according to Seattle police. Once an attendant fastened a Rolex on his wrist, he said “see ya,” and ran off as security and a nearby homeless man chased after him.
After the robbery was publicized, several tips pointing to one person came in to the Seattle Police Department, according to its online blotter. Detectives were led to a witness who identified the suspect and said the man had bragged and shown off the watch.
Shoreline police officers eventually spotted the suspect at Tent City and arrested him. Seattle police then took custody of him and booked him into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.
Here’s the security video of the suspect running off with the Rolex last month:
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