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Santa Maria Police Department
Tuesday May 16th, 2023 :: 08:13 a.m. PDT


SMPD seeking help identifying jewelry theft suspect

SMPD Case #SMPD23-0004345
On Friday, April 14, 2023, at approximately 4:57 pm, an adult male suspect entered Kay Jewelers in the 600 block of E. Betteravia an posed as a customer attempting to purchase jewelry for a family member. The suspect was on an active virtual phone call with the family member as he browsed jewelry items.

The suspect used the virtual call (FaceTime) as a distraction and was ultimately able to walk away with two gold rings totaling about $,9,000.00 in value. 

The suspect identified himself to the sales associate as being "Arabic." He is described as between 5’08" and 5’10" tall, with black hair, brown eyes, and a groomed beard and mustache. He is heavy set and approximately 40 years old. Sales associates stated that he was fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Anyone with any information regarding this case including the suspect's identity or whereabouts is asked to please contact Investigator K. Payne at 805-928-3781 ext. 1660 or [email protected] .

***Photo attached with additional photos on Twitter @SMPDHQ

Prepared by:

Daniel Rios, Sergeant II
Detective Bureau Supervisor

Santa Maria Police Department
1111 W Betteravia Rd
Santa Maria, CA 93455

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-928-3781

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