Hialeah man accused of snatching Rolex from Fla. Keys jewelry store

Ronald Cordero faces charges of robbery, grand theft, battery

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Ronald Cordero is accused of snatching a Rolex watch from Blue Marlin Jewelry in the Florida Keys.

KEY WEST, Fla. - A Hialeah man was arrested after he snatched a Rolex watch from a sales clerk at a Florida Keys jewelry store and ran off, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Ronald Cordero, 22, was arrested Tuesday on charges of robbery, grand theft and battery.

An employee at Blue Marlin Jewelry told deputies she was showing a couple the Rolex when the man snatched it from her and fled with the woman in a black car.

A deputy later stopped a car matching the description near mile marker 96. All four people in the car were taken to a sheriff's office substation to be interviewed.

The driver of the car told detectives the group took a day trip to Key West and were returning to the Miami area when Cordero told her to stop at the jewelry store. She said Cordero and another woman entered the store and ran out a short time later, with Cordero yelling at her to "drive."

Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said the watch, valued at $13,000, has not been found.

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