A getaway after Tuesday's theft of a $13,000 watch from an Islamorada jewelry store lasted only 14 miles, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office reports.
Ronald H. Cordero, 22, of Hialeah remained in the Monroe County jail under an $80,000 bond Friday on counts of grand theft exceeding $10,000, robbery and battery.
Cordero, returning from a trip to Key West with three companions, told the driver to stop at the Blue Marlin jewelry store at mile marker 82, Sheriff's Office information officer Becky Herrin said.
As a woman with Cordero looked at the $13,000 Rolex, Cordero "snatched it out of the clerk's hand" and ran from the store with his friend around 1 p.m., Herrin said. The clerk, who suffered a hand injury during the robbery, called police with a description of their car.
Lt. David Carey stopped the car at mile marker 96 and arrested Cordero. The watch later was recovered when deputies thoroughly searched the car. The other occupants of the car spoke with deputies and were not charged.
A midnight disturbance at the Waffle House in Key Largo ended in the Wednesday arrest of a Key Largo man on multiple counts, including felony drug possession.
Nathan J. Knight, 30, was carrying nine pills when he was booked into the Monroe County jail. Tests indicate the pills were an illegal substance known as Ecstasy, a report says.
Deputy Shaun Lones said he found Knight and another man, both apparently drunk, inside a haphazardly parked truck with the doors open when he arrived at the all-night restaurant.
Knight was arrested on a count of driving under the influence and operating an unregistered vehicle. A search of the truck found two prescription pills without a prescription.
Knight remained in jail Friday under $27,000 bond on counts including drug possession and bringing contraband into the jail.