People today in the south of England have been warned to be vigilant if carrying substantial-value watches or jewellery soon after a spate of thefts by women who solution older guys.
Numerous high priced watches have been stolen in the auto parks of golf clubs and most victims have been lone adult males in their 70s.
Victims have explained two females posing as charity workers with clipboards who have stolen watches from their victims without them realising as they signal a petition.
On other instances they have been a lot less delicate and simply just ripped the watches off the wrists of men, who have been left shocked and bruised.
The duo, described as the “Rolex Rippers”, are believed to be running in affluent regions of southern England and are considered to have struck at the very least 14 periods together with incidents in Poole, Wimborne, Wareham, Ferndown, Highcliffe and Poundbury in Dorset in the earlier two months.
Dorset law enforcement have not but formally connected the thefts but have acknowledged “a selection of incidents of a identical nature”.
Computer Jim Benefits, primarily based in Christchurch, explained: “We have had a quantity of incidents of a similar character and I would once again remind people today to be vigilant and be specially cautious if you are sporting any high-value watches or jewelry and are approached in suspicious instances.”
Just one theft transpired in the car park of the £2,000 a year Ferndown golf club though an additional happened close to a golfing club in Poole.
Alan Bruce, who misplaced his £14,000 gold Rolex, explained the pair as “highly qualified professionals”. The 63-yr-aged maritime engineer was walking in Wimborne city centre on 15 July when he was approached.
He explained to Bournemouth News and Photograph Support: “One had a clipboard and the taller 1 was generating out she was deaf and they desired signatures for a petition for a new deaf centre.
“I signed it with my remaining hand, which was the identical hand my check out was on, and a person of them then grabbed keep of me and went to hug me. I straight away set my hand on my pocket where my wallet was and pushed her off and walked away.
“I walked all over the corner and realised they had taken my view. By the time I went back again they experienced long gone.”
Over the border in Hampshire there have been 7 in close proximity to-identical robberies in the previous yr, with two having position in golf club automobile parks.
In July 2020 Hampshire law enforcement issued descriptions of two ladies who mugged a 78-calendar year-aged guy of his Rolex in Emsworth. At the time law enforcement said there experienced been four comparable thefts.
The two women of all ages are claimed to be aged in their 20s or 30s and concerning 5ft 2in and 5ft 9in tall. They have dark hair and eastern European accents although some victims have believed them to be Spanish.