STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford Police Department is seeking to identify the suspect who entered a jewelry store in the Stamford Town Center in a wheelchair but left on his feet after stealing a Rolex watch and pepper-spraying an employee.
The suspect looked at a few Rolex watches and then slid one onto this wrist in the Saturday incident, according to the Stamford Police Department's Facebook page. He then pushed down an employee and a security guard and sprayed them with pepper spray, police said.
He then ran out of the store, leaving behind his wheelchair along with his Fedora hat, police said.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Squad B, is attempting to identify the suspect. He is described as a black male in his mid-40s. He was about 6 feet tall and weighed 200 pounds. The suspect was wearing a shiny black-colored suit jacket with matching pants and black shoes. He was also wearing clear lens eyeglasses that appeared to be prescription. He had no facial hair and no hair on his head, police said. He spoke English.
The Rolex watch stolen from Sidney Thomas Jewelry is worth about $27,000, according to NBC Connecticut.
Stamford police spokesman Lt. Diedrich Hohn said the hat and wheelchair will serve as valuable pieces of evidence, according to NBC Connecticut. Hohn said investigators collected fingerprints from the wheelchair and are sending the hat for DNA testing.
The suspect ran out of the mall and into the garage area, where investigators believe he got into a car and drove off, possibly with an accomplice, NBC Connecticut reported.
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Anyone with information is asked to contact the BCI Squad B Crimes against Persons at 203-977-4417.