THREE Italians admit to robbing a £25,000 Rolex from a British holiday home after one of the criminals was caught with the watch on his lower cheek.
The three men were each given a two-year suspended prison sentence yesterday after confessing to violent theft on the resort island of Majorca.
One of the three snatched the victim’s designer watch from her wrist along with her handbag after surprising her from behind as she sat on a bench in a square in the town of Portal Nous, a few blocks from the town. the capital Palma 8 miles to the west.
He went into hiding on a motorbike driven by an accomplice.
Police held them for a day after the robbery on September 26 last year as they tried to board a plane home.
The watch was found in one of the hunter’s underwear between his lower cheeks and was returned to its rightful owner, although it is believed to have been damaged and in need of repair. cost thousands of pounds.
State prosecutors requested three and a half years in prison for the Italian ahead of a hearing yesterday in a court in Palma.
They gave evidence via video link from an island prison where they had been held since their arrest, but were released after admitting wrongdoing and accepting a two-year prison sentence right away. after their attorney worked with the state prosecutor.
Local reports say they have agreed to pay the victim, who suffered a minor wrist injury, close to £1,300 in compensation plus the cost of damage to the Rolex. They paid a small fine before being released.
Police said last October when making their arrests public that they had “smashed up a gang that robbed luxury watches in the tourist areas of Majorca.” Those arrested were not named.
A spokesman for the Civil Guard said at the time: “The suspects came to Majorca from northern Italy to commit crimes in tourist areas frequented by the wealthy.
“After they chose their victims, they approached them on a motorbike and snatched their watches and assaulted their victims over and over again until they got what they wanted.
“At the same time the Civil Guard is investigating, the Spanish National Police is also conducting another investigation against the same suspects for the same motive.
“Officers from both organizations detained the three men at Palma Airport as they prepared to leave the island in a joint operation.
“Staff recovered one of the stolen watches worth more than £25,000 and was subsequently returned to its rightful owner. The three suspects have been moved behind bars.”
It was not immediately clear this morning whether the convicts would be indicted on other charges.
Luxury watch robberies have become a growing problem in the UK in recent years.
Last July, a gang posing as a buyer of valuable watches and luring the seller into an ambush before pulling a gun on them, was jailed.
Harrow Crown Court tried a trio of criminals who robbed six men in north London between December 2019 and January 2020.
They contacted the men by responding to online Rolex ads posted by their victims and making an appointment to meet them in a public place before luring them to a quieter place and using a gun. crowbar, knife and hammer to take them away.
Andre Sinclair, 33, was sentenced to 11 years and 9 months for attempted robbery while Ashley King was sentenced to 9 and a half years.
Layla DaSilva, 33, who responded to the advertisements and first met the victim was sentenced to four years and nine months.
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