Thief Makes Off With $6,500 Rolex At TSA Checkpoint

The Broward Sheriff's Office is trying to identify a man caught on surveillance video stealing an expensive watch from an airport security checkpoint. It happened in Terminal 3 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Jan. 18.

The watch belongs to a woman wearing a black and white shirt passing through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. It's a stainless steel and gold Rolex valued at $6,500. When she grabbed her things out of the plastic bin, she accidentally left the pricey timepiece behind.

The man was right behind her, tying his shoes. When he stood up to collect his belongings, he spotted the watch, looked around, grabbed it, picked up his stuff and walked away.

"This is no mistake; it was deliberate," said BSO Lt. Brian Montgomery.

Rather than alerting TSA, the video shows the man walk over to a bench, set his stuff down right next to the woman in the black and white shirt, and then put her watch in his backpack. "He again
looks around to make sure no one is looking, and then he proceeds to walk by two uniformed deputy sheriffs, and when he sees them, he looks down to the ground. But then when he looks up, he looks directly into the surveillance cameras," said Montgomery. BSO is trying to identify the pilfering passenger to charge him with grand theft, but is this really stealing? Or is it a case of finders, keepers?

Anyone with information about the suspect should call Broward Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).