‘Highly Professional’ Thieves Steal Luxury Watches in 14 Theft in Southern England

Two young women nicknamed the “Rolex Rippers” who stole expensive watches from the wrists of wealthy older men have now struck at least 14 times.

The twisted duo are believed to operate in wealthy areas of southern England.

Several thefts have taken place in the parking lots of exclusive golf clubs and the vast majority of the victims are single men aged 70.

In many cases, the couple posed as charity workers with clipboards and stole watches from their victims without them realizing by signing a petition.

Other times they have been less subtle and simply ripped the expensive watches from the wrists of men who were shocked and bruised afterwards.

The pair are believed to have struck seven times at Poole, Wimborne, Wareham, Ferndown, Highcliffe and Poundbury in Dorset in the past two months.

One theft occurred in the £ 2,000 a year parking lot at Ferndown Golf Club, while another occurred near Poole Golf Club.

Across the border into Hampshire, seven nearly identical thefts have taken place in the past year, two of which have taken place in golf club parking lots.

Alan Bruce who had his Rolex watch stolen by the two women nicknamed the “Rolex Rippers”

The criminal madness committed by the two women where they managed to tear off watches

The criminal madness committed by the two women where they managed to tear off watches

In July 2020, Hampshire Police released electronic descriptions of two women who assaulted a 78-year-old man with his Rolex watch in Emsworth, Hants. At the time, police said there had been four similar thefts of Rolex watches.

Officers warned the elderly men to be on guard while wearing valuable watches when in public.

The two women are said to be between 20 and 30 years old and between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall. They both have black hair and Eastern European accents, although some victims believed them to be Spanish.

Alan Bruce, who lost his £ 14,000 gold Rolex watch, described the pair as “highly skilled professionals” likely to be part of a larger gang.

Mr Bruce, a 63-year-old naval engineer, was walking through downtown Wimborne on July 15 when he was approached by the couple.

He said: “One had a clipboard and the bigger one was claiming she was deaf and they wanted signatures for a petition for a new center for the deaf.

“I signed it with my left hand, which was the same as my watch, and one of them then grabbed me and went over to give me a hug. I immediately put my hand on my pocket where my wallet was, pushed it away and left.

“I walked around the corner and realized they had taken my watch. By the time I returned they were gone. It was only a few seconds so they must have had a car waiting for them.

Alan Bruce's Rolex that was stolen in happier times before being snatched by crooks

Alan Bruce’s Rolex that was stolen in happier times before being snatched by crooks

“I have worked in real hot spots around the world and consider myself a man in the streets and this is the first time that I have been affected.

“These women are highly skilled professional divers who know what they are doing.

“They are probably part of a larger London gang and target easy targets in the wealthy areas of the south.”

The recent spate of thefts appears to have started on May 19 at Stoneham Golf Club, near Southampton, followed by an identical incident a week later at Wellow Golf Club, near Romsey, Hants.

Both times, the couple had their victims sign a petition before secretly stealing their Rolexes.

On May 30, they arrived at Bingham Avenue in Poole near the Parkstone Golf Club.

A 70-year-old man stopped him in the street by one of the women who grabbed his arm and forcibly removed his Rolex before getting into a car.

On June 11, one of them got into a car driven by an 80-year-old man in a parking lot in Wareham.

When the man told her to come out, she grabbed and scratched his arm. It wasn’t until later that he realized his watch had been taken in the bizarre exchange.

Then, on July 14, they arrived at Ferndown Golf Club where one of them approached a 70-year-old man in the parking lot, grabbed his arm and took the watch from his wrist.

She got into a waiting vehicle, believed to be a black Ford Focus, and fled from the scene.

The next day, they targeted Mr. Bruce in Wimborne.

On July 17, the two women targeted a 70-year-old man in a car park in the retirement town of Highcliffe, Dorset.

They approached him and grabbed the Rolex with his left wrist and ran away in a car.

The victim was left with bruises on his wrist and in a state of distress following the loss of the sentimental timepiece.

Two hours later, they arrived in Poundbury, Prince Charles’ model town, where they pulled the charity petition scam on a retiree.

As he signed the petition, she grabbed his arm and stole his Rolex without him noticing.

The most recent theft occurred on Monday when another man in his 60s was approached in a parking lot in Baiter Park, Poole, by the couple.

As he signed their petition, one of them grabbed and hugged the victim, at which point she removed her Rolex without him noticing.

Dorset Police have yet to officially link the thefts but have acknowledged “a number of incidents of a similar nature”.

Constable Jim Perks of Christchurch Police Station said: “We have had a number of incidents of a similar nature and I again remind people to be vigilant and be especially careful if you are wearing high value watches or jewelry and you are approached in suspicious circumstances.

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