First time poster, let me know if I should include more info:
Let's say I was writing a sort of script for a police interrogation in which a woman had gotten her watch stolen. Joey aka José, the suspect under the heat, is trying to express his regret that the watch was stolen. (But of course, he didn't steal it.)
How would he say to the officer,
"I was sorry to hear she lost her watch."
Should the sorry be imperfect past tense? Past tense at all? Ayúdame!