San Rafael police are searching for a man accused of stealing a watch from a Fourth Street jewelry store on Thursday and the woman who helped him flee.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., a man asked the clerk at Gold Rush Jewelers if he could look at watches, according to Lt. Dan Fink. As the man reached in his wallet to purchase one of the watches, the clerk turned to the left for a moment, and the man snatched up the merchandise and fled.
Outside, a female was waiting in a gold Toyota Camry, and the suspects were last seen driving south on Lincoln Avenue.
"We sent out an alert to all law enforcement in the area, but we didn't get them," Fink said.
The man had appeared in the store 30 minutes before the theft, but the clerk asked if he could return since she was helping customers at the time, according to Fink. The man did not use a weapon and the police are not releasing the price or the description of the watch due to the ongoing investigation.
The man was described as either a light-skinned Hispanic or black male with a dark mole on the side of his face. Anyone with information about incident should call San Rafael police at 415-485-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIP. Callers can remain anonymous and may earn a possible reward. Tips can also be made online at www.bayareacrimestoppers.com