Suspect in $200k Galleria watch heist arrested

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KTRK) -- Authorities have arrested the suspect in a recent $200,000 Galleria watch heist and believe that crime was just part of a massive theft operation.

According to investigators, blood matching that of 41-year-old Demond Finister, a registered sex offender living in Harris County, was found at a JCPenney in San Antonio that was recently burglarized.

In addition to the Galleria watch heist, investigators believe Finister was involved in the theft of $4 million of jewelry from other retailers in Houston, San Antonio, Louisiana, Arizona and Colorado.

Investigators said they found nearly $200,000 worth of jewelry in Finister's Harris County home and car when he was arrested on Oct. 3.

At the time of the Galleria heist over the summer, authorities identified similar incidents in Pearland, Conroe and Pasadena. It's not clear if Finister has been linked to those specific incidents, too.

Finister is currently being held in Harris County Jail.

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