MIAMI — Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis, claiming that he has "friends in high places" who owe him favors, was arrested on charges of promising an undercover agent to get someone out of jail in exchange for watches worth $75,000, police said today.
Officers said Sturgis, 62, and his partner, Emiljo Cotonat, 47, who were taken into custody together late Wednesday, were charged with dealing in stolen property. Further charges are expected.
Police Sgt. Tom Tretola, who led the three-week investigation, said Sturgis told the undercover policeman that "he had friends in high places, people who owe me favors" who could free prisoners early.
Sturgis, who ran an electronics store in Miami until four years ago, now lists his occupation as a consultant. Cotonat, who is from Spain, said he is in marketing.