Man allegedly steals necklace off the neck of a 4-year-old in Auburn

Aug 25, 2022, 11:24 AM
Photos from Auburn PD

On August 15 just after noon, a 4-year-old girl was sitting in a booth in her family’s Auburn restaurant.

Her mom was in the restaurant kitchen making her lunch, while her dad was not at the restaurant out running errands.

She was watching something on her iPad, when a man noticed her sitting at the booth, as seen on security footage in the restaurant.

He continued to look over at her for a few minutes before finally getting up and walking over to the little girl and asking what she was watching, and the little girl turned the screen and showed the man.

He leaned in and noticed the gold necklace around her neck before unlatching it, pulling it off, and taking it.

The little girl tried to reach into his pocket to get her necklace back.

The man talked to the little girl and tried to offer her money, but she refused so the man just left the restaurant, allegedly stealing the necklace.

The Crime Blotter: Oak Harbor police arrest 3 14-year-olds in cannabis shop smash-and-grab

Detectives say the family is Catholic and it could be some kind of baptism necklace, but that has not been confirmed with the family.

The crime is theft in the first degree, and detectives say there is probable cause to arrest this man.

“I can’t imagine what her thought process is” Kolby Crossley, public information officer with the Auburn Police Department said. “Obviously it’s a 4-year-old girl with a man stealing a necklace off her person, it has got to be traumatizing for her, and for her family”

The man has been identified as Jose Hidalgo, a regular at the restaurant.

Local News

Ted Buehner

Dry summers delay changes in leaves, but brilliant autumn colors around the corner

This sunny dry weather is expected to continue through Columbus Day Weekend, providing more unseasonably warm weather for enjoying fall hues.
1 day ago
Hanna Scott

No timeline for Office of Independent Investigations use of force cases to begin

“The new Office of Independent Investigation will increase transparency and trust in investigations of deadly uses of force by law enforcement."
1 day ago
Nicole Jennings

The drought is over! Mariners fans are ready for postseason baseball

With playoffs closer than ever, Mariners fans await tonight's results with baited breath
1 day ago
Hanna Scott

Report discovers troubling gap between BIPOC, white homeowners in Washington state

More than 143,000 BIPOC households would need to become homeowners to close the gap between white and BIPOC households in Washington.
1 day ago
Sam Campbell

Edmonds high school student arrested for bringing ‘ghost gun’ to school

Edmonds Police Department (EDP) thanking the vigilance of one student who they say spoke up when they knew a fellow 15-year-old student brought a loaded gun to class at Edmonds-Woodway High School Thursday.
1 day ago
Photo from KIRO 7...
KIRO 7 News Staff

Olympia woman facing fines over ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign inside her home

An Olympia woman is being threatened with fines over a sign hanging inside her home.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
Man allegedly steals necklace off the neck of a 4-year-old in Auburn