Suspected burglar arrested, $18K stolen Rolex is recovered

Investigators say the man forced his way into an occupied Encinitas home on Saturday, confronted a resident and stole the expensive watch


A 41-year-old Vista man accused of stealing an $`18,000 Rolex watch from an Encinitas home a week ago was arrested Wednesday evening, Feb. 10, near the U.S.-Mexico border, sheriff’s officials said.

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The man forced his way into the occupied home on Devonshire Drive near Melba Road on Saturday, Feb. 6shortly after 11 a.m. and confronted a resident, said sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Michalke. After a brief encounter, the burglar fled the home with the expensive watch.

He was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 10, near the U.S. Border on suspicion of violating parole and burglary. Details about what led to the arrest weren’t immediately released.

The man had the stolen watch in his possession at the time he was detained, Michalke said.

He was booked into jail on Wednesday night, Feb. 10, according to jail records. He is being held without bail because of the parole violation.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200 or can call anonymously to San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— Karen Kucher is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune