Tips from the public helped identify a suspected jewelry thief accused of stealing about $19,000 worth of merchandise from Anchorage shops, police said Friday night.
Christopher Ross Wilson, 30, is wanted for a string of thefts from area pawn shops and jewelry stores, police said in a release. Wilson was allegedly caught on surveillance video during the thefts. Photos from the footage were released to the public Thursday, along with a plea for help in identifying the thief.
Wilson is suspected of striking at four stores, police said. He reportedly poses as an interested customer, handles the jewelry, and then bolts for the door.
"We haven't had any reports of use of force by him in any of these situations," police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said Wednesday. "He goes in, makes contact with store employees, spends a good amount of time there talking with them, basically establishes a rapport with the staff."
Wilson has been charged with four counts of theft in the second degree, a felony, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Police are asking for anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wilson to call police at 786-8900 or, to remain anonymous, deliver tips to Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or anchoragecrimestoppers.com.