Lauderdale Rolex Thief Takes Flight

FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A watch thief with an impeccable sense of timing stole an expensive Rolex from woman at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Last month, Gloria de Regalado was just following the rules like everyone one else when she placed all her belongings in a plastic bin as she went through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint in Terminal 3.

Regalado said about half an hour later when she went to look at her watch to check the time she found that her $6,500 Rolex was gone. Panicked, she suddenly realized that she had left it in the security bin. Regalado rushed back to the checkpoint, but her watch was nowhere to be found.

When Regalado explained to security what had happened, a TSA supervisor reviewed the surveillance video which showed her leaving the watch in the bin.  The tape also showed a man behind her who stole it. After putting on his shoes, the video shows the man reach into a bin to grab his laptop and then notice the two-toned Rolex in the bin next to his.

“He knew exactly what he was doing, because he saw the watch, he looked around, he palms it, looks around again, then immediately leaves the checkpoint,” said Broward Sheriff Lt. Brian Montgomery.

Once out of the checkpoint area, the man walked to a bench and put this laptop and the watch into his backpack.

“There were about a dozen TSA personnel at the checkpoint,” Montgomery said.  “All he had to say was, ‘Someone left this behind.’  If he didn’t want to do that, there was two deputy sheriffs in full uniform and again, he walked right by the.”

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TSA notified Broward Sheriff’s deputies who searched the terminal for the man. They came up empty. The deputies had no way of knowing which plane the man boarded, but suspected he may have hopped on one of two planes during the search; one which had taxied out, the other which had departed for Dallas. They gave Dallas authorities a call and told them about the theft. It was a valiant effort, but he wasn’t on that flight.

Now detectives believe he was on a flight to Charlotte.  Investigators have the names of all of the passengers and will be matching driver’s license photos with the man on the surveillance video.

“He’s a thief,” said Lt. Montgomery.  “Whether it was a crime of opportunity or it was planned, at the end of the day, this person is nothing but a thief.”

Detectives believe the man could be from South Florida. They are asking anyone who recognizes the thief to give Broward Crime Stoppers a call at (954) 493-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $1,000 may be available for information leading to an arrest.

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  • mercu

    “It was a valiant effort”

    BARF! NIce PR for the TSA
    If it wasn’t for the TSA she would still have her watch.

    • jessie

      this man is innocent he didnt steal anything he clearly found a watch that the owner didnt want.

      • Adrian

        Jessie must be a thief as well !

      • Paul

        your an idiot he found a watch, he had no idea what it is worth, people find stuff all the time. OH yeah turn it in to the police because if everyone was a cop there would be no crime!

      • chris

        Sorry Jessie, but you’re wrong. The guy committed grand theft because the Rolex is worth $6500.

      • al

        your right jessie, she didn’t want it cause if it meant anything to her, it doesn’t even come off the wrist let alone out of her site. hope he never gets caught cause I am sick of people who feel, ‘oh my rolex was stolen’ go by a timex and donate 6400 to a charity selfish woman.

    • Adrian

      Good thing there are laws in this country that keep people like you in jail where you belong.

  • jessie

    he didnt steal anything….the lady clearly left it there and he didnt even notice it was there until he was about to walk away. I know it sucks losing something especially of this value but sorry lady finders keeper loser weepers

    • Russ

      Its people like you that drag down society with that mentality. Integrity is doing the right thing while no one is looking. Your point of view is simply disgusting.

      • paco128

        perfect answer , don’t take things that aren’t yours

    • not today

      umm people.. please.. lets use a little common sense here.. if you were the one who left ANYTHING behind, you would want some one to do the right thing and turn it in or leave it where it was found. There is nothing worse than a person with low morales who looks for an opportunity to take something that dont belong to him or her. That is what’s wrong with the world today..and the second worse kind of person who sees this person’s actions as justifiable. What if it was your watch that was stolen… would you still say”finders keepers losers weepers?”

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    • Jeff

      Exactly. The TSA knows exactly who this person is. It’s just they can’t do anything, because the real story is the woman who left her watch is a complete IDIOT and the TSA knows it can’t do anything. This is no different that someone dropping a $100 bill on the ground on a busy street.

      People can talk about “doing the right thing,” or “morale” or “integrity,” but the bottom line is the woman who left her watch is an idiot and is paying the price. Since the TSA knows this man did nothing wrong, it’s letting the media run with this story to try and guilt this man into “doing the right thing.”

  • AZ

    He is clearly a THIEF and deserves everything coming to him with the full extent of the law. Whatever happened to Integrity and Character and plain old Honesty.

    He deserves everything that will be coming to him when the law catches up with him.

  • John

    Finds Keepers, Losers Weepers!

  • Bruce

    Jessie and John, I’m sure this will come as a shock to you, but the rules of the playground to not apply in a court of law. Just because you found something of value that has been left unattended, you can’t take it. It’s not yours. Taking it is theft.

  • Trish

    The Bible says a couple good things on this subject, one is the old “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Jesse must not mind be stolen from) and the other was the law for the Isrealites on finding lost property….you were obligated to make a search for the owner. If it was a lost animal of your neighbors you must even take it in and FEED it and care for it while making a search for the owner.

    Finders keepers is for low lifes.

    • LusciousDC

      If I lost my watch, I wouldn’t even expect it back. Why? Because I was irresponsible and lost it. The next person is not obligated to watch over and keep track of my belongings; I AM. She lost it, he found it, sucks to be her, but he’s NOT a thief. Guess I’m a low life as I would have kept it too. I keep anything I find that I can use. Oh well that is the reality of it. Am I a thief..NO. Will I go to hell for it..NO If you don’t want others to have your things, keep track of them.

      • Russ

        If you pick something up that does not belong to you, look around to make sure no one is watching, and then make off with it, then yes, you are indeed a low life, and a thief.

  • Phil Landers

    $6500 is more than most people make in 2 months whereby I have no empathy for the woman although the thief is still a dirt bag. I say this because if the watched cost $50 and belonged to some poor schlub this story wouldn’t even be here and they would be S out of luck. Obnoxious . . . .

  • SlowCode

    “Morrally” he should have been cool and turned it in – I would have. But unless we want to add keeping track of our belongings to the responsibility of the federal government…?

    • SlowCode

      I lost a vintage gold 1948 Rolex at an airport in 2004. Would it have been cool for someone to have turned it in? Sure. The reality? A watch that was handed down for three generation is someone else’s to have now. Oh well. I hope they enjoy it. It has three sets of initials on it. Cool find for them.

  • MESH

    If you really think it’s not stealing and that it’s “finders keepers” the moral of this story is BIG BROTHER IS ALWAYS WATCHING and HE will be your moral conscience even if you don’t have one so THINK TWICE because I’m sure this guy is not feeling “DUH WINNING ” now that his picture is plastered all over the news channels and internet!!!!

  • Beach

    That is not stealing, lost and found,Fact that your plastering this man all over the news,, IS stealing,,STEALING public morality!!!!!!!!!!! If he had found a dollar bill in that bin,would it be such a deal,Did the women even realize she had lost it,,Would seem all value’s are out of proportion in this story…..

  • Yum

    At least the thief is cute. I’d do him.

  • jessie


  • Djork

    Geez — put in in your bag, not loose in the tray!

  • oldschool

    Seriously, it’s not stealing? How far down has our society slipped on issues of morality, which seems for a few people is simply relative. Whether a thief “finds” a $1.00 bill or a $6500.00 Rolex doesn’t matter, it’s still theft. Criminals have a common attitude that some people that posted here share; self-centered and selfishness. If it wasn’t stealing, then why was this guy looking around when he stole the watch? Because he knew he was doing something that was morally and criminally wrong. So Jessie if you left your keys in your car and somebody decided to take your car, would you think the same?

    • LusciousDC

      Get off that BS. If you are too stupid or lazy to keep track of your belongings to the point you lose them and someone else finds them; IT IS NOT STEALING!! You may think there is a moral obligation, but lawfully there is NOT. Have you turned in EVERYTHING you ever found? Go ahead and lie and say you have.

  • ron

    my wifes rolex was stolen out of her bag after she mistakenly packed it at hollywood airport. once in manchester nh airport there was a ” TSA cleared ”
    sticker on the bag. there was nothing but dirty laundry in the bag. where do you think the watch went ????

  • verkie

    I wear a Rolex and just got down here to Florida today. What I always do is pack it FIRST with all of my other jewelry inside my carry-on bag that goes through the X-ray machine. Why she would leave it loose like that in that huge bin is her own fault; they provide SMALL bins for wallets and such for those people who sometimes forget to take out their wallets or keys before going through the metal detectors (like I did today). A thief would think twice before taking a wallet or watch out of a small bin; but not from a large bin; either way the guy had a big set for palming that Ro when he probably should have been tackled immediately once he started walking away with it. It really doesn’t look good that he could walk past so many police and federal officials without anyone even asking him if that watch was his, but they’ve got him on surveillance, so… they’ll get him later.

  • Jesse

    Well, guess we need lockable bins with some one to make sure all items are accounted for now.

  • Manuel

    I don’t know what the law is but it seems to me that security is liable because they make you leave your belongings in a highly watched place mandatorily.
    If I were the victim I would consult an attorney about the responsibility of those in charge of custody of property however temporary.
    TSA is expensive enough as it is and so we as taxpayers could demand at least a review of procedures to prevent this losses to the citizenry from happening.Somebody was asleep at the switch.

  • ryan

    have you guys been in an auction in the airport? those they auctioned luggages ” unclaimed” ? HA! and you sayin turn it over to the TSA? you guys must be joking…

  • LusciousDC

    “He’s a thief,” said Lt. Montgomery. “Whether it was a crime of opportunity or it was planned, at the end of the day, this person is nothing but a thief.”

    I just love the blame game. This stupid woman lost her watch, someone found it, and kept it. This man didn’t steal ANYTHING! It is NOT against the law to keep something you find regardless of it’s value. Apparently this woman didn’t need an expensive piece of jewelry as she can’t seem to keep track of it.

  • Rico

    Lucky for the thief it was just a $6500 twotone rolex and not a new iphone prototype in CA! Whether it was “legally” theft depends on the state laws. If in California, if he found watch, but did not make good faith effort to find/return to owner, it would be theft. I don’t know about FL.
    If this had been a new iphone prototype, thief would have been hunted down to the ends of the Earth by Apple Secret Police, indefinately held in an all white cell in sub-basement level 3 of Apple Central, and tortured by interogators in black mock turtlenecks.

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