Authorities seek help identifying suspected watch thief


San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s 4S Ranch Substation want the public’s help to identify and locate a suspect wanted in connection with a series of commercial burglaries.

Detectives say that on May 21 at about 1:30 p.m., the unknown suspect walked into the men’s locker room at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa located at 5921 Calle Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe. He then forced open a secure locker and stole a man’s wallet and Ulysses Nardin Santana watch valued at $60,000. At about 2:30 p.m. on the same day, the suspect walked into the Ben Bridge jewelry store located at 4505 La Jolla Village Drive. He purchased a Rolex Daytona watch valued at $12,000. The suspect used the victim’s stolen credit card and identification.

On May 26, at about 10 a.m., another victim’s wallet was taken from a secure locker inside the men’s locker room at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina located at 1441 Quivira Road in San Diego. The same suspect from the first burglary was captured on surveillance video entering the CVS Pharmacy located at 3950 West Point Loma Boulevard and attempted to purchase a $500 gift card. The transaction was declined and the suspect left the store.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 30 years old, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with short dark hair and side burns. He may have been wearing prescription glasses with transition lenses.

Anyone with information on this case should call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent to


-San Diego Sheriff’s News Release