A 23-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested by Santa Monica police Tuesday, March 14th, after he allegedly stole two watches valued at $100,000 each belonging to actor Steven Seagal, police said.
Santa Monica police arrested Ronald Taylor, Jr., an employee of a Federal Express branch in Santa Monica, at 4:35 p.m. and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for grand theft, Lt. Frank Fabrega said.
His bail was set at $140,000.
Police said they recovered two 18-karat gold watches, allegedly at Taylor’s Los Angeles residence and returned the watches to their owner.
The theft of the two custom-made watches was first reported to Santa Monica police Monday, March 13th, by a woman who works for Seagal.
The woman told police that she went to a Federal Express branch Wednesday, March 8th, to ship the two watches to a watchmaker in Las Vegas. The watchmaker had planned to display the watches at a trade show and return them to the owner.
But the watchmaker called Seagal’s employee Thursday, March 9th, to report that he had not received the watches and asked if they had been sent.
The woman contacted Federal Express representatives, who said the watches had been shipped and should arrive the following day.
After receiving information that the watches had not arrived by Monday, March 13th, Seagal’s employee again contacted the watchmaker, who said he recognized one of the watches being sold on eBay, police said.
The watchmaker contacted the seller and asked if there were any additional watches for sale.
When the seller allegedly said he had another watch for sale, the watchmaker contacted Seagal’s employee, who then notified Santa Monica police, Fabrega said.
Police detectives determined that the suspect was a Federal Express employee in Santa Monica.