Twice-pawned, stolen Rolex returned to owner

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BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- Pawn shop owner Dick Maurice of Bremerton, Wash., has helped a stolen Rolex watch find its way home twice now.

The Kitsap Sun reports (http://bit.ly/pV24bE ) that Maurice recognized the watch when two men tried to sell it Monday. It was the second time the Rolex had been stolen from a man who frequents Maurice's store. And the second time someone had attempted to pawn it.

Maurice managed to take cellphone video of the thieves, then told them he knew the watch was stolen. They bolted, leaving the Rolex behind. Police tracked their car and arrested three adults and a juvenile for trafficking in stolen property.

The owner is an 80-year-old Bremerton watch collector who visited the shop for batteries earlier this year and mentioned a man he believed had stolen his watch. Maurice checked his records for a Rolex he purchased in 2009. Sure enough, it belonged to the older man and Maurice returned it.

Now it's made its way home again.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/