Seattle, Washington - Prosecutors charged a 31-year-old man last week for his alleged part in a robbery that caused about $750,000 in damage and losses to the downtown Seattle Ben Bridge watch and jewelry store.
Authorities believe Nathaniel McRae served as the "lookout" for three other men who invaded the store Dec. 22 and stole $236,000 in Rolex watches after smashing out display cases with sledge hammers.
Workers at the store claim a man entered the Fourth Avenue shop about 5:53 p.m. that day and conspicuously avoided eye contact with sales associates while looking around, appearing to watch for security guards or police officers, according to the Seattle police report.
The man headed straight for the Rolex boutique within the store.
Staffers, noticing the man's suspicious behavior, worried that he might be connected with recent smash-and-grab thefts reported at Bellevue and Lynnwood Ben Bridge stores.