Police chasing two women nicknamed the “Rolex Rippers” have released new CCTV footage of their main suspects.
The duo are said to have targeted at least 21 elderly men and their expensive Rolex watches in affluent areas and near exclusive golf clubs in the south of England.
The latest victim, a 90-year-old man, was approached outside his home next to the Â£ 2,000 a year Parkstone Golf Club in Poole, Dorset on September 21.
Two women asked him to sign a petition, then one of the women thanked him and gave him a hug and took off his watch without him realizing it.
It wasn’t until a few minutes later that he noticed his Rolex had been washed away.
Dorset Police have now released grainy CCTV footage of the two women and a gray Toyota they allegedly used to escape.
Detectives chasing two women dubbed the “Rolex Rippers”, who allegedly targeted at least 21 expensive watches for elderly men in the south of England this year, have released new CCTV footage.
Dorset Police have now released grainy CCTV footage of the two women and a gray Toyota they allegedly used to escape
The dark-haired women, described as Eastern European, are dressed in casual clothes and leggings, with one apparently wearing a mask.
In many recent cases, the couple have allegedly masqueraded as charity workers with clipboards and stolen watches from their victims without them realizing by signing a petition.
Other times, it is believed that they were less subtle and simply ripped the expensive watches from the wrists of men who were shocked and bruised afterwards.
Police also released the image of a gray car which is linked to the latest theft.
Dorset Police Detective Sergeant Karen Penn said: ‘We have been investigating this incident, which is linked to a series of similar Rolex robberies in the area.
âAs part of our investigation, we obtained footage of the suspects and the car they were seen getting into following the incident.
âI appreciate that the images are not of high quality, but I hope they can help jog someone’s memory and I urge anyone with any information to contact us.
âThe women involved are described as being from Eastern Europe and I would like to take this opportunity to urge people to be vigilant if they are approached under similar circumstances, especially if you are wearing a watch or jewelry from great value.”
Police also released the image of a gray car linked to the latest theft.
Alan Bruce who had his Â£ 14,000 watch stolen by the two women nicknamed the “Rolex Rippers”
The criminal madness committed by two women where they managed to tear off watches
The wave 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.
The pair are believed to have struck in Dorset at least seven times previously at Poole, Wimborne, Wareham, Ferndown, Highcliffe and Poundbury.
Hampshire Police said they killed at least ten and two brothers, aged 85 and 91, were targeted 80 miles apart in Gloucestershire and Surrey.
Officers warned older 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. They both have dark hair and Eastern European accents, although some victims believed them to be Spanish.
Alan Bruce, who lost his Â£ 14,000 gold Rolex watch earlier this year, described the pair as “highly trained professionals” who will likely be part of a larger gang.
Mr Bruce, a 63-year-old marine engineer, was walking through downtown Wimborne on July 15 when he was approached by the couple.
He said: âOne 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.
âI signed it with my left hand, which was the same hand 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.
âI walked around the corner and realized they had taken my watch. By the time I returned they were gone.
âI 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 trained professional divers who know what they are doing.”