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WATCH THIS! ROLEX THIEF TAKES OFF JUST IN TIME

BSO Case Number: AP12-01-01361
PIO Number: 12-2-8
Date: January 18, 2012
Time: 9:13 a.m.
Place of Occurrence: 200 Terminal Dr., Ft. Lauderdale
Jurisdiction: Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Victim(s):

  • State of Florida

Suspect(s):

  • Unidentified male

Description of Incident:

Of all places to get sticky fingers, an airport security checkpoint should be at the bottom of the list. With that said, what do you get when you combine a pricey piece of jewelry and a suspect who couldn’t fight the urge? An excellent surveillance video clearly showing the crime and the culprit.

Gloria de Regalado was following the rules as she placed all her belongings in a plastic bin to get through the Terminal 3 checkpoint at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on January 18. Thirty minutes later, when she looked at her wrist to check the time she realized she had left her $6,500 Rolex inside the bin. Regalado rushed back to the checkpoint, but her watch was nowhere to be found.

A Transportation Security Administration supervisor reviewed the surveillance video and confirmed Regalado had in fact left her watch and saw that the man who went through the checkpoint behind her took it. The video clearly shows the suspect collecting his belongings from the conveyer belt. After putting on his shoes, he reaches into a bin to grab his laptop and notices the two-toned Rolex in the bin next to his. He grabs it, and then walks away from the checkpoint to a metal bench where he puts the laptop and watch into his backpack.

TSA notified BSO deputies who checked the terminal searching for the man, but he was not located. BSO deputies had no way of knowing which plane the man boarded, but looked for the suspect in a flight that had taxied out and notified Dallas authorities of the theft since a flight had recently departed to that city. It was a valiant effort, but the suspect was not on either of those flights.

Detectives believe the suspect could be from South Florida. They are asking anyone who recognizes the thief or has information about the case to contact BSO airport detectives at 954-359-1201 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org. A reward of up to $1,000 may be available for information leading to an arrest.

***MEDIA NOTE: Excellent video of the crime is available on our website www.sheriff.org.

INVESTIGATORS: Sgt. O’Brien, Airport C.I.; TSA
THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 2/14/2012 1030

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