Rolex rippers strike again: honey trap thieves steal expensive watch from man in Gloucestershire

A gang of “honey trap” thieves dubbed the “Rolex Rippers” struck again after stealing a watch dear to a man while offering him sex.

The man was approached by two women who offered him sex in exchange for money while holding his arms. He was approached around 1:45 p.m. in Somerford Keynes, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on October 30 and was finally able to free his arms from the women.

But he soon realized that his Rolex watch was missing and reported the incident to the police.

The latest incident is said to be at least on the 23rd, with the duo targeting men in Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Gloucestershire and Sussex. The police appeal for witnesses.

In many cases, women have masqueraded as charity workers with clipboards and stolen their victims’ watches without realizing it by signing a petition.

But other times they’ve been less subtle and simply ripped the expensive watches off men’s wrists.

Detectives chasing two women dubbed the ‘Rolex Rippers’, who allegedly targeted expensive watches for elderly men in the south of England this year, released CCTV footage

Dorset Police released grainy CCTV footage of the two women after a man had his watch stolen in October

In a statement, Gloucestershire Police said: “On 30 October 2021 at around 1.45 p.m. in Somerford Keynes, two women approached a man and struck up a conversation with the victim before offering him sex in exchange for money. while holding her arms.

“The victim released his arms and the women then left. Shortly after the meeting, the man discovered that his Rolex watch had been taken.

“There has been a series of crimes of a similar nature which have taken place in Gloucestershire as well as in Devon and Cornwall.”

In an earlier incident just weeks ago, an 84-year-old man was assaulted by a pair of women as they shouted “sex” loudly as a distraction.

Previous flights have also seen the couple, working together or alone, asking people to sign petitions or strike up conversations asking for directions.

The latest victim described the woman as “from Eastern Europe”, which matches previously reported thefts by the couple which were caught on CCTV last month.

The police spokesperson added: “The women are described as being from Eastern Europe and speaking a language similar to Serbian / Ukrainian / Romanian. One female was described as being around 5ft 3in. , plump build with short dark brown hair styled in a pointed square cut that sat around the ears.

“The second woman was described as being younger than the other woman and had shoulder-length dark brown hair, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans with white sneakers. This female is described as being also around 5’3 and of slim build. ‘

Women have already approached their male victims – often aged 70 or 80 – under the pretext of asking them to sign a petition.

Police also released the image of a gray car which is linked to the theft chain.

They then slyly removed the Rolex watches from the wrists of their victims and fled with them.

Two clubs frequented by retired football manager Harry Redknapp at Ferndown and Parkstone in Poole, Dorset were among those targeted by women.

Another incident on October 16 saw a man in his 60s targeted in Poole, Dorset.

The two women were affectionate with the victim, inquiring about the name of a property and, as he tried to leave, he realized that his watch was missing.

Dorset Police then released a series of images of two women and a vehicle in connection with the Rolex cases.

The women are said to have struck several times in Dorset at Poole, Wimborne, Wareham, Ferndown, Highcliffe and Poundbury.

Hampshire Police say they have at least ten victims, including two brothers, 85 and 91, targeted 80 miles apart in Gloucestershire and Surrey.

The wave of thefts is believed to have started on May 19 at Stoneham Golf Club near Southampton.

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