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Man Steals Almost $80,000 in Rolexes, Police Say

Two watches were stolen from The Mall at Short Hills last week when the security guard went on lunch break.


Millburn police are searching for a man who stole almost $80,000 in Rolex watches from Ross Simons in The Mall at Short Hills on Nov. 28. 

The theft, which occurred at about 6:24 p.m., happened as the stores security guard stepped away for his lunch break. 

According to police, the man entered the store at 6:12 p.m. and asked a sales associate to see two watches. The man put one of the watches on and walked over to a mirror.

When the man returned to the sales associate, police said, he grabbed the second watch and ran out of the store.

The sales associate told police one watch was a rose gold Rolex, valued at $40,550. The other watch was a $37,550 white gold Rolex.

Police described the shoplifter as a thin black man, approximately 5 feet, 8-inches tall with a goatee, wearing a black trench coat and a brown hat. 

Security video shows the man stealing the watches. However, police were unable to find him after searching the mall.

The investigation is continuing.

DS December 06, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Perhaps there needs to more intelligence at these stores. For instance, a door should open/close (Like Tiffany has theirs) so that it's near impossible for someone to run in and out. Also, there should never be lag or lack of a security guard and if there is, during that time a salesperson should NOT show an item such as these and ask the potential buyer to return. The salesperson is somewhat at fault here.
Jill December 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Somebody's going to have a really good Christmas!
MarkDS December 06, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Any store, especially one with expensive items, that lets its security guard go on break at a set time with no backup coverage pretty much deserves what it gets. Too bad tax dollars now need to be spent because of stupid actions on the part of the store.
TJB December 06, 2012 at 07:38 PM
With the way you guys are commenting, it seems the cops shouldn't even investigate the dirtbag criminal, but rather, the police should bring charges against the store for malicious prosecution. No wonder our society's in the toilet.
Chetanium December 09, 2012 at 01:49 PM
It's a tragedy, but I wonder why that guy stopped at 2 watches. He could've asked for more watches as they are not heavy. And the store people, my God, what century are they living in? They better think of taking some Anti-Theft Protection 101 classes

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