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Shoreline Police Nab 'Rolex Robber' at Tent City

The 43-year-old man is suspected of stealing the $45,000 watch from a Seattle jewelry store, running away saying, 'See Ya!' He was arrested Wednesday night at the camp on the grounds of the Calvin Presbyterian Church.

 

Shoreline police arrested a 43-year-old man Wednesday night suspected of robbing a Seattle jewelry store of a $45,000 Rolex watch after finding him at Tent City 3 on the grounds of the Calvin Presbyterian Church.

According to the Seattle Police Department’s “SPD Blotter,” the man is suspected of stealing the watch from the downtown Ben Bridge Jewelers on Jan. 18, saying “See ya!”” as he ran out the door with the watch on his wrist.

Seattle police issued surveillance video and images after the robbery, which led several tips, and ultimately a witness who identified the suspect. The witness said the man had showed him the watch and bragged about stealing it.

Seattle robbery detectives and Shoreline police learned the suspect was staying at Tent City and went there to arrest him on Wednesday. He was not there, but Shoreline found him at the camp and notified Seattle police.

Seattle detectives said the man was combative and so was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of robbery. The investigation continues.

For more of the story, see the SPD blog here.

Evan February 08, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Please when reading this, do not let it tarnish your views of those people living at Tent City. Tent City provides a substance-free safe haven for people that are down on their luck. This particular person was a bad apple, but the other folks living at Tent City are just trying to make it like the rest of us. They have 24 hour security to keep trouble out and have a very strict code of conduct to live there. I applaud any Church that opens their parking lot to Tent City and their commitment to the community. Please see this link for more info: http://www.sharewheel.org/Home/tent-cities
Jeanne Gustafson February 08, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Thanks for your comment, Evan. Someone posted a similar comment on our Facebook page, and I agree with you. I've been impressed, personally, with the way Tent City residents self-police, and believe it's an important service for our area. The host sites are to be commended as well for opening their property to help people in need have a safe, organized community to join.
Lynn February 08, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Thanks for pointing this out. Not everyone without a home is a thief. VERY few are and the ones who are would be unlikely to want to stay in a place as strict as Tent City anyway. You are quite right ... most in there are trying to make a better life for themselves.
Tracy Arant February 09, 2013 at 09:14 PM
I live in tent city 3, and we are appalled by what happened. Thanks for not judging all of us based on what this idiot did!
Jeanne Gustafson February 09, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Thanks for your comment, Tracy.
Anastasia February 13, 2013 at 08:01 AM
Hi Tracy, my husband and i are going to be coming to Tent City 3 soon too, since we have nowhere else to go, if you're willing I would be so grateful to hear a little about what it's like living there if you have a minute do write me, it would put us out of a lot of misery knowing what to expect. I've only heard good things but it's scary losing your home. anya.egr@gmail.com
Shane Anderson February 19, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Tent City should be done away with!! I stayed there and let me tell you! Those people do nothing with there lives. Most of them do drugs and drink! They may have a strict code of contact but it only applies to certain people. If you get into there little click then u do not have to follow the rules. Maybe 2 or 3 people put of the 90 or so work or do something with there lives. The whole orginization is about getting people to feel sorry for them and how much they can free load off the community. I bet you not one single person there has a resume. Tent cities bring in people like this guy the arrressted into middle class hard working neighborhoods where people want to rais there family in a safe healthy enviorment. These people are bum dope alcoholic adicts. Ask SHARE, do they promote employment and housing? No way! They promote staying homeless and free loading off the working class. These people are loosers and need to leave and stop bring these types of people to our neighborhoods!!!!!
Shane Anderson February 19, 2013 at 06:23 PM
All of ayou need to get out and do something with your lives!!! Half of you drink and do drugs and sit around free loading all day off the community. The rest of us have to work. How many of you go out and try to get work. 3% i'd say! Stop bringing your criminals and adicts to our nice neighborhoods.

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