A Richmond jewelry store owner is working with police to find a bold thief who stole a Rolex from his busy downtown store in broad daylight.
David Cooper recently moved his store "Watch and Pen" to Three James Center on East Cary Street. In downtown Richmond at noon, business people are often coming and going.
Cooper never thought his store would be the target of a theft on a Wednesday morning at 11:50 a.m.
"There's security all over this place," said Cooper. "I guess that's why I never thought about it a whole lot."
Cooper described the thief as a well-dressed, polite, black man, standing about 5'7". The supposed customer came to the store and was interested in a Rolex as a gift for his dad.
Cooper handed him the watch and that's when the guy ran out of the store past security guards and hidden cameras to make his getaway.
Cooper yelled but no one stopped the thief, who made away with a several thousand dollar Rolex Datejust Oyster watch.
Richmond police are investigating the crime, but Cooper has a message for the thief.
"He's on camera and if he sees this, he should turn himself in because he'll probably get caught."
While the James Center has security cameras, Cooper said he won't make the same mistake again and is installing security cameras of his own soon.
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