Deputies are searching for a man suspected of breaking into lockers at two different San Diego-area resorts and stealing valuables, including a luxury watch worth $60,000.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said the first burglary happened at around 1:30 p.m. on May 21 at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa on Calle Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe. The unknown man walked into the men’s locker room and forced open a locker.
He then stole a patron’s wallet, along with a high-end Ulysses Nardin Santana watch valued at $60,000.
But the thief’s penchant for expensive watches didn’t end there.
About an hour later on that same day, investigators said the man walked into a Ben Bridge jewelry store on La Jolla Village Drive and purchased a $12,000 Rolex Daytona watch using the victim’s stolen credit card and identification.
He struck again a few days later, this time hitting a locker room at another local resort and spa.
Investigators said that on May 26, at around 10 a.m., the suspect broke into a locker inside a men’s locker room at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina on Quivira Road and stole another victim’s wallet.
Detectives said the suspect then went to a CVS Pharmacy on West Point Loma Boulevard and attempted to buy a $500 gift card, but the transaction was declined. His image was captured on surveillance tape and detectives matched his photo to other footage from the crimes.
Officials released photos of the suspect and details of the burglary series for the first time this week. The case remains open and anyone with information on this man should call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may be eligible for a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.
Detectives described the suspect as a white man, about 30 years old, approximately 6-foot and 180 pounds. He has short, black hair with side burns.
He may have been wearing prescription glasses with transition lenses. He wore different hats during the burglaries.