Caught in the Act: Video Shows Man Stealing Rolex

A chilling reminder to jewelers that thefts can happen in seconds.

It’s not quite a smash-and-grab—more just a grab—as a man steals a watch from the hands of a Florida jewelry salesperson.

Class Jewelers, a family-owned jewelry store in Deerfield Beach, Fla., was 30 minutes from closing on Sept. 10 when a man came in, asked to see a Rolex that was on display in the store’s front window, then grabbed it from the salesperson’s hands and ran.

The video shows it all go down: The man spends a few moments in the window, then enters the store and asks to see the watch. The salesperson retrieves the watch, a two-toned Rolex Datejust with diamonds on the faceplate that retails for $4,000, hands to the man, who holds the watch for a few moments before returning it. As he walks out of the store, he turns and grabs the watch from her hands before he runs out.

Broward Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the man’s arrest. 

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Courtesy Broward Crime Stoppers 

A still from the video of the theft