WATSONVILLE -- Authorities have identified a Watsonville man suspected of robbing a jewelry store with a syringe and a knife on Saturday.

Surveillance images retrieved from Ideal Jewelry at 1481 Freedom Blvd. showed 43-year-old Eric Sanchez, said Watsonville police Sgt. Eric Montalbo.

Police have not arrested Sanchez, but they searched his home and "found evidence linking him to the crime," Montalbo said.

The heist was reported shortly after 2:25 p.m. Saturday.

Sanchez entered the shop and brandished a knife and a syringe, Montalbo said.

He told an employee that he had communicable diseases and demanded jewelry, according to police. Sanchez took items from the store and fled on a bicycle, authorities said. No one was injured.

Sanchez, who is known to police, has a large neck tattoo and is 5 feet 9 inches and about 180 pounds, said Sgt. Brian Ridgway.

Sanchez remained wanted on suspicion of robbery on Sunday. Police said he is considered armed and dangerous.

Watsonville police ask anyone with information to call investigations at 831-768-3352 or leave an anonymous tip on the tip line at 831-728-3544 or by texting WATSPD to 888777.

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