Suspect wanted after trying to steal Rolex watch from WeHo

West Hollywood detectives are looking for a suspect who allegedly tried to steal a Rolex watch from a victim on March 30.

The victim and suspect, who police say were negotiating the sale of the watch, agreed to meet at an unnamed jewelry store on the 8400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. Lt. Bill Moulder, acting captain of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, said the suspect and victim met online and the suspect asked to meet at the store to confirm the Rolex watch was genuine. During the meeting, the suspect attempted to grab the watch and run away, but the men struggled and the suspect ran outside without the watch. The suspect drove off in a vehicle that was last seen driving east on Santa Monica toward Crescent Heights Boulevard.

Moulder had no update on the investigation, but said the attempted robbery was not related to any similar crime. He added that the way the suspect attempted to steal the watch was unusual.

“That particular mode of operation, in terms of meeting someone online, we haven’t seen that,” he said. “Compared to what happened in Beverly Hills lately where they went up and broke windows and stole merchandise, it’s a very different approach. We don’t think it has anything to do with it. other.

Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850.

Floyd N. Morlan