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Man arrested in attempt to pawn watches

Posted September 3, 2012
Updated September 4, 2012

— A Raleigh man was arrested as he attempted to pawn stolen watches Friday at a Capital Boulevard pawn shop.

According to arrest warrants, Charles Lawrence Cambra, 38, of 4116 Viewmont Drive, tried to sell the watches, valued at more than $7,000, to National Pawn. He faces charges of possession of stolen property and obtaining property under false pretenses.

The warrants list three watches, including a $5,000 Rolex, that Cambra had in his possession which had been stolen from a Knightdale man.

He was being held Monday at the Wake County jail on $60,000 bond.


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  • exposure102 Sep 4, 2012

    All these pawn places should change their signs to read "We buy and sale your hard-stolen goods and gold!" anyway. The only reason this guy got caught was because he was trying to pawn a hot-ticket item like a Rolex. People pawn other lower-shelf items day in and day out and don't get caught. A group of 3 guys went all around western NC two/three years ago and stole over $20k worth of rings, gold, coins, jewelry, etc from probably 10 different counties and the police returned none of it to the owners...can't seem to find it. Now just where do you think it all went? Flea markets and pawn shops. Not to mention they only got caught because they kept the heists up. People get away with this every day.

  • harleysfather60 Sep 4, 2012

    Many Rolex are tracked from the point of first purchase,(like a new car) forward and have more than one serial number located on them.

  • LibertarianTechie Sep 4, 2012

    Wow. You steal watches and then try to pawn them? Nerve.

  • not my real name Sep 4, 2012

    at least the guy will get is watches back now.

  • Bartmeister Sep 4, 2012

    Man - Hi I have a few watches of mine I'd like to pawn

    Pawn shop - These are nice, what do you want for the Rolex's?

    Man - $50 bucks

    Fireworks and horns in background.......................... Suspicious? Nah.