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Watergate Burglar Arrested in Miami

June 19, 1986

MIAMI (AP) _ Convicted Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis was arrested Wednesday for accepting stolen watches in return for promising to have prison sentences reduced, a police officer said.

Sturgis told an undercover officer he could reduce sentences because he was owed favors by an unidentified federal agency for helping the agency smuggle Haitian agents out of that country, said Sgt. Tom Tretola of the Metro-Dade Organized Crime Bureau.

Sturgis, 62, and a second man who was arrested offered to have one prison sentence reduced in return for money, said Tretola.

They eventually accepted Rolex watches they knew were stolen as payment, Tretola said.

Sturgis, along with four others, was convicted of breaking into the Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. in June 1972. The case eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974.

Sturgis served 14 months in jail for his conviction, and later set up an electronics business in Miami.

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