TAMPA (FOX 13) - Employees of a Tampa pawn shop say they realized a man they thought was a customer was actually a thief when he took off with a pricey item Thursday.
Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are searching for the man who is suspected of stealing a 10k gold, Cuban-link bracelet valued at $20,000.
The suspect showed up at Queen of Palms, located on E Hillsborough Avenue, shortly after noon Thursday.
The sheriff's office says an employee went to show the man a necklace, but he took off with the bracelet instead.
Images from the store's surveillance system show a black male, between 6'2" and 6'5", weighing 225-250 pounds. He was described as being 30 years old, having a gap between his front teeth, with a dark complexion, long dreadlocks, and wearing a white t-shirt, black jogger pants, black high sneakers, and very thick eyeglasses.
He was seen getting into the passenger side of a black, Nissan Altima parked nearby. Two other males got out of the Altima several minutes before, according to HCSO.
Anyone with any information about the stolen bracelet or the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.
To be eligible for a cash reward or report anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperstb.com.