Italy: Thieves return watch stolen at gunpoint, say 'sorry'

The item was returned in seven minutes

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Published: Sat 23 Jul 2022, 10:00 AM

Two tourists in Italy had "a great adventure" when thieves stole one of their watches at gunpoint, but then returned it within ten minutes - with an apology.

Just before midnight, two Swiss tourists were sitting down for a drink outdoors in Piazza Trieste e Trento, Naples. As soon as their waiter walked back into the restaurant a man approached one them and put a gun to their head, a CCTV video shows.

The thief then took the watch off the man's wrist and walked off.

Seven minutes later, another man walked to the tourists - who decided to stay back and finish their drinks - returned the watch, and raised his hands in the gesture of an apology.

The 'Richard Mille' luxury watch was returned to its rightful owner as it was counterfeit.

In a report by CNN, the owner of the restaurant said the apparent apology was to to deter the men from filing a report with authorities. He added that the tourist didn't seem scared by the incident. "He said, 'What a great adventure.'"

The Piazza, located near some historical sites, has been a hub of criminal activity for some time.


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