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Police: Saks employee bought $17,720 watch with customer's credit card

July 25, 2014

By Matt Morgan, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.



July 25--A Palm Beach Gardens man who worked at Saks 5th Avenue faces charges after pawning a watch he purchased using a customer's card, according to an arrest report.

In 2013, Joel Auxier used an 84-year-old woman's Saks 5th Avenue card to purchase a Buccellati watch for $17,720, the report said. The sales record shows that the woman was not present for the sale, the report said.

About six weeks later, Auxier, 51, sent the watch out for a clasp repair and it was returned to the store in January 2014.

On March 1, Auxier logged into the register and reported that the watch was picked up by the customer, the report said.

But video shows that neither the woman nor any other customers were in the store to pick up the watch.

The woman said she recognized the man as her regular salesperson but doesn't remember purchasing the watch or giving him permission to take it.

A store official said the woman will be refunded the entire amount of the watch, the report said.

In May, Auxier sold the watch to Provident Jewelry in Jupiter for $8,000, the report said. A Provident Jewelry worker said he recognized Auxier from past business, saying they have done about $32,000 worth of transactions in the past three years.

A Saks 5th Avenue manager said there has been a shortage of jewelry from the location, but police need to investigate if the missing items match the ones that were sold to Provident Jewelry.

Auxier faces charges of dealing in stolen property, larceny of more than $10,000 and petty theft. He was released from Palm Beach County Jail on $10,000 bail.

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