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Airport Rolex Thief Caught Wearing Watch

Man charged in theft of pricey watch at Fort Lauderdale Airport



    (Published Friday, Feb. 17, 2012)

    It was only a matter of time.

    Authorities say they've arrested the man wanted for stealing a Rolex watch from a security checkpoint at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport.

    Igor Adrian Ramos, 37, was arrested at his Sunny Isles home Friday morning by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies, the BSO said.

    When deputies knocked on his door, Ramos answered it wearing the $6,500 watch on his wrist, the BSO said.

    “As we were standing outside of his condo, he opened the door and surprisingly, he was wearing the victim’s watch. So clearly, I don’t think he could explain himself out of that one," Lt. Brian Montgomery said. "When we asked him about the watch, he said it was a gift from God. So I guess his gift ran out today."

    According to the BSO, Gloria de Regalado had placed her belongings in the bin to get through the Terminal 3 checkpoint on Jan. 18, but didn't realize her Rolex was missing until she looked at her wrist to check the time 30 minutes later.

    A review of the video showed the man behind de Regalado collecting his belongings before quickly picking up the watch out of a bin and walking away from the checkpoint.

    Though Ramos wasn't found in the terminal, authorities continued to look at surveillance video and were able to narrow down the options, the BSO said.

    "People actually came to the airport and confirmed his identity for us," Montgomery said.

    On the day in question, Ramos boarded a plane to New York. According to the BSO, Ramos travels between Florida and New York buying and selling cars.

    With his busy travel schedule, Ramos had no idea the video of him swiping the Rolex was on the news, the BSO said.

    Authorities said they contacted de Regalado, who lives in Latin America, and she was happy to hear the suspect had been caught and that she'd be getting her timepiece back.

    Ramos was booked into the Broward Main Jail on a charge of grand theft. No information is yet available on his court case.