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Sledgehammer wielding thief smashes display case, steals watches from Pasco County jewelry store

Posted at 3:57 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 16:29:50-04

[UPDATE: Deputies have arrested the suspect, later identified as Khali Felton.]

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man caught on surveillance video smashing a display case with a sledgehammer and stealing watches at a local jewelry store.

It happened Sunday evening at about 6:24 p.m.

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A man walked into a Helzberg Diamonds store at Tampa Premium Outlet Mall and used a concealed sledgehammer to smash open a glass display case, deputies say.

He stole several Rolex watches and placed them into a plastic bag before leaving the scene.

The suspect is described as a darker black male, about 6 feet tall with an athletic build, PCSO says. He was wearing a navy blue jacket with "True Religion" written on the back. He also had a tan baseball hat and dark colored sweatpants.

If you can identify this person, or have any information, call the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 1-800-706-2488 and reference case # 19021897.