Stolen watch helps police break Boca murder case
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a $20,000 watch reported stolen by the owner of a Boca Raton restaurant has led to the arrests of three men suspected of killing her boyfriend, who was a popular bartender.
The Palm Beach Post reports three Broward County men face first-degree murder charges in the Jan. 4 death of Rafael Rodriguez. Authorities are still searching for a fourth suspect.
Police say Josephine's was robbed at closing time. Owner Josephine Tribunella, staff members and patrons were ordered to the floor. The suspects took wallets, phones and jewelry. Rodriguez exchanged words with a suspect and was shot. He died at the hospital.
Boca Raton police asked local jewelers about the watch and tracked a sale on a store's surveillance video. They matched the identities and made the arrests.
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