A mugger nonchalantly strolled as much as Swiss vacationer, held him at gunpoint and relieved him of his watch in Naples final week – just for an confederate to return it moments later after realising it wasn’t as precious as that they had first thought.
Startling video footage has emerged of the second the legal levelled his weapon on the head of the Swiss holidaymaker who was eating at a restaurant on the Piazza Trieste e Trento on July 17, forcing him to take away the timepiece.
The gangster grabbed the watch and promptly fled the scene, leaving his sufferer scratching his head in shock and disbelief on the pace and audacity with which the crime was carried out.
However minutes later a second man, regarded as the robber’s confederate, sidled as much as the sufferer’s desk and handed the watch again.
Francesco Emilio Borrelli, councillor for the Italian area of Campania, later revealed that the Swiss vacationer instructed authorities the one that returned his watch apologised and defined that they had solely stolen it as a result of they believed his timepiece was a Richard Mille.
The posh watchmaker is famend for producing high-quality timepieces that are priced from wherever between £20,000 and tens of thousands and thousands.
Upon realising their error and verifying their steal was in truth the product of one other, far much less precious model, the thieves determined handy it again.
The posh watchmaker is famend for producing high-quality timepieces that are priced from wherever between £20,000 and tens of thousands and thousands (RM 027 Tourbillon watch is pictured, which is without doubt one of the firm’s lowest-spec choices, promoting for £22,000)
The legal, wearing a darkish blue t-shirt, may be seen stepping as much as the desk and grabbing the watch off the wrist of the Swiss vacationer, wearing a lightweight colored shirt. However certainly one of his accomplices later returned the watch once they realised it wasn’t a highly-valuable Richard Mille
The person in blue shortly fled the scene because the vacationer and his companion watched on in disbelief
Borrelli, who shared the unimaginable clip on social media, mentioned: ‘It’s absurd as a result of it befell just some metres from the Naples Prefecture, the San Carlo, the Royal Palace, the military headquarters, and a brief distance from Palazzo San Giacomo and the Police Headquarters.’
He added: ‘Town can’t be on the mercy of criminals and thugs.’
Mayor of Naples Gaetano Manfredi in the meantime chastised the extent of safety in place on the piazza: ‘The safety subject should be addressed; on one hand with the supervision of the territory and with a greater organisation of the police, but in addition with motion on the video surveillance.’
However he was additionally fast to level out that Naples, which has earned a status for petty crime in opposition to vacationers, shouldn’t be the one place the place such robberies happen frequently.
‘The theme of robberies shouldn’t be solely Neapolitan – we see it in all the massive cities, even in Milan,’ he mentioned.
‘City safety is without doubt one of the nice priorities we’ve earlier than us and there should be nice consideration from the central authorities’.
Footage of the unusual incident comes as Italian authorities declared that they had recognized the criminals liable for the theft of an actual Richard Mille – from non apart from model ambassador and star Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc.
Ferrari’s Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc celebrates on the rostrum profitable the Bahrain Method One Grand Prix, sporting his customized Richard Mille RM 67-02 watch
Leclerc fashions the brand new Richard Mille RM UP-01 FERRARI watch, with a price ticket of £1,570,000
The Monegasque was posing for selfies in Viareggio, Tuscany forward of this 12 months’s Emilio-Romagna Grand Prix in April, when three people masquerading as followers managed to distract him whereas certainly one of them slipped off his watch.
This time the watch was very a lot the true deal – a lot in order that the thieves, who had been allegedly primarily based in Naples, struggled to promote it as a consequence of its exclusivity.
Leclerc’s Richard Mille RM 67-02 was a customized design, offered as a present to the Ferrari star together with his signature emblazoned on the timepiece’s casing.
An identical watch, with out the customisation, just lately bought at public sale for two.1million euros.
The Swiss watchmaker has lengthy been a sponsor associate of Ferrari and Leclerc has modelled quite a lot of their merchandise.
Italian police have recognized the people concerned within the theft in accordance with Italian newspapers Corriere Del Mezzogiorno and Il Mattino, after the watch turned up in Naples after being bought for simply 200,000 euros – lower than a tenth of its acknowledged worth.