Police want to return Rolex found in murder investigation to rightful owner

Police are looking for the owner of a gold Rolex watch they found while investigating a deadly shooting.

Police said detectives found the watch while serving search warrants in Los Angeles on March 8 as part of an investigation into the death of 21-year-old Imani Keith, who was fatally shot in a North Long Beach home in June 2018. Keith was found shot in the head and later died at the hospital, authorities said at the time.

“Detectives believe this watch may be stolen property and are asking the public for help in locating the owner,” police said in a statement.

Police suspect the watch was stolen during a burglary linked to the suspected killer, LBPD spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.

An example of the type of watch recovered by police while investigating a fatal shooting. Police want to find the owner. Courtesy photo.

Police said the watch is a yellow-gold Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Day Date, 40mm, men’s watch.

That type of watch is typically worth thousands of dollars. Dandoy said police hoped to return it to its owner partially because of the high price tag.

After serving the search warrants, police arrested Rodney Scott, 22, of Los Angeles, on suspicion of killing Keith, burglarizing a home in Los Angeles and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Police said they believe Keith and Scott knew each other, and they had a dispute that led to the shooting.

Officers also arrested five others on charges ranging from accessory-after-the-fact to participating in the 2018 residential burglary that Scott was arrested on suspicion of.

They’ve all pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Police ask anyone with information about the watch to contact homicide detectives at 562-570-7244.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.