Alleged thief walks into Far East Plaza store with fake Rolex watch, runs out with 2 real ones

Not the actual stolen watch. Photo: John Torcasio/Unsplash
Not the actual stolen watch. Photo: John Torcasio/Unsplash

On Wednesday, one young man walked into a secondhand watch shop in Far East Plaza wearing a fake Rolex, and reportedly ran out with two real ones worth about S$150,000. The alleged thief had been the first “customer” of the day for HJ Luxury when he entered the store around noon, the shopkeeper told The Straits Times.

Apparently, man had requested to look at a selection of Rolex watches. But, when the items were presented to him, he quickly nabbed two diamond-covered ones and fled the shop while the person attending to him was busy putting away other watches.

In a viral CCTV video from another shop in the mall, it appears the young man hotfooted it out of the store seconds before the shopkeeper and others from nearby stores gave chase.

ST said the shopkeeper described the man as tall, good-looking and in his early 20s, and he escaped through a staircase that led to the main road. However, he left behind his fingerprints on the glass displays, as well as his imitation Rolex and his empty bag.

The police have since taken the items in as evidence and plastered the man’s face – in a definition clearer than that of the viral clip – on an appeal for information regarding the shop theft.


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