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Saturday, October 20, 2007

New Mexico probation officer alerts police to client wearing a Rolex watch

SANTA FE, N.M. - A man who walked into a meeting with his probation officer wearing a Rolex watch ended up sporting handcuffs.

Victor Lopez, 32, was arrested Tuesday on a probation violation for possessing stolen property and was booked into the Santa Fe County jail, police said.

The probation officer grew suspicious when he noticed Lopez wearing the $2,500 watch and called police, said Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Aric Wheeler.

"It goes back to that thought process that these guys aren't the sharpest tools in the shed," Wheeler said.

The watch was stolen Sunday evening when three men forced their way into a Santa Fe home, police said.

Lopez told police a friend had left the watch at his home, Wheeler said Officers went to the Probation and Parole Department and determined from markings on the watch that it was the one that was stolen, Wheeler said.

Lopez has an arrest record dating back to 1997. He had been sentenced four days earlier in five cases, said Cindy Turcotte, a Santa Fe lawyer appointed to represent him in those cases.

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