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Post by boscoe » July 24th 2022, 9:11am

Thieves steal watch at gunpoint before returning to to victim because it was fake
A man wearing black approached the tourists and pulled out a gun (Image: Antonio Visconti)

Thieves were spotted on CCTV mugging two tourists for a watch at gunpoint before returning it when they realised it was fake.

The horrifying incident occurred last Sunday evening (July 17) in the Italian city of Naples, at Monidee Café on one of the city's main squares.
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The two tourists were Swiss, according to CNN.

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The footage shows them enjoying a drink outside before a man dressed in black brazenly walks over and whips out a gun.

The tourists immediately jump back in fear before the thief calmly swipes the watch and walks away.
Another man later returned to hand back the watch
A man later returned to hand back the watch to the tourists (Image: Antonio Visconti)
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Around seven minutes later another man returns to the table with his hands raised, as if to say sorry, and gives them the watch back.

The watch was a counterfeit Richard Mille, which the thieves thought was worth €300,000 (£255,000) according to Francesco Emilio Borrelli, a councillor for the Campania region, where Naples is situated.
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Antonio Visconti, the bar's owner, doesn't think they returned it out of the kindness of their hearts.

He told CNN: "They brought it back saying 'Sorry, sorry,' maybe as an attempt to get him not to report it."

He also said that the tourist didn't seem too shaken up, instead describing the ordeal as an "adventure".

Borrelli has launched a campaign against crime in Naples' central squares, which has become a growing issue.

"In 2019 there was a 'stesa' [a mafia intimidation technique] with kids shooting into the sky," he said.

"Another time, in 2018, there were delinquents circulating in the crowd, armed, to shoot another criminal. We had video of people fleeing in the middle of the square.
Crime in Naples' central squares has become a growing issue (stock)
Crime in Naples' central squares has become a growing issue (stock) (Image: Getty Images)

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"A few weeks ago I shared a video of someone filming a Tiktok by swimming in the fountain. In the evening, [the piazza] becomes an illegal car park."

He said that the issue is the lack of surveillance in an area that, given the tourism, should be one of the safest rather than most dangerous parts of Naples.
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Post by MAX » July 24th 2022, 9:48am

This is why we cant have nice things. Italy is a basically gun free zone but the thieves had one.
Oh, sorry, forgot where I was.

Want to travel? Leave your nice things at home so when you are robbed you dont care. (Unless your home is robbed while you are away that is).
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Post by bbattle » July 24th 2022, 11:24am

conjurer wrote:
July 24th 2022, 9:29am
If it was a real Richard Mille, the thieves should have shot the guy.
Ha! Ha! I was thinking the same thing.

And the guy can't tell his buddies about this "adventure" or they'll know he's got a fake watch and they'll wonder what else he's got that's fake. Besides the wife's "assets" of course.
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