The 43-year-old man suspected of stealing an expensive Rolex from the downtown Ben Bridge Jewelers last month and saying “See ya!” when he ran out the door with the $45,000 watch strapped to his wrist was arrested last night at Tent City in Shoreline.
The photographs and surveillance video of the robbery on January 18th were shared on the Blotter and other media outlets. Several tips from the community came in, pointing toward one particular person. Further information developed by detectives led to a witness who positively identified the suspect. The witness stated that the suspect had bragged and shown him the watch.
Yesterday, detectives learned that the suspect was staying at Tent City in Shoreline. Robbery detectives and Shoreline Police responded, but did not locate the suspect. Last night, at about 8:45 pm, Shoreline Police notified robbery detectives that they had located the suspect and had him in custody. Detectives responded to Shoreline to take custody of the suspect. He was combative toward law enforcement last night, so he was immediately booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.
This morning detectives interviewed the suspect at length in their office. After the interview the suspect was rebooked into jail. Detectives continue to follow up on this case.