AUBURN, Wash. - Police are searching for a man who stole a necklace from around the neck of a four-year-old girl earlier this month.
According to the Auburn Police Department (APD), the suspect, who may identify himself as Jose Hidalgo, stole the little girl’s necklace at a restaurant on Aug. 15.
The APD shared multiple security camera photos of the suspect in a Facebook post on Friday.
In a video shared to FOX 13 by police, it shows the man touching the child's neck and taking the necklace off.
Police said the child was watching videos on her iPad, sitting in a booth of the restaurant her family owns. Her mother was in the kitchen making her lunch when the man stole the necklace, police said.
The mother, who spoke to FOX 13, said the incident traumatized her daughter and that she hasn't been sleeping and won't return to the restaurant, worried the man will show up again.
She told FOX 13 that the man is a frequent customer in the restaurant.
Anyone who can confirm his identity, or knows of his whereabouts, is asked to contact the APD Tip Line at 253-288-7403.
Auburn Police Department