According to police officials, a thief snatched off a wristwatch worth $840,000 in Paris on October 8. As per reports, the Japanese man stepped out of his five-star hotel in Paris for smoking a cigarette when a stranger asked for a cigarette immediately held the victim's hand and stole the Swiss watch. The police later found out that it was a rare timepiece by Richard Mille with an estimated cost of nearly 770,000 euros. The 30-year-old victim was outside the Hotel Napolean near Arc de Triomphe when the incident took place. Just the dial of the stolen watch alone had 21 jewels, intricately set in white gold chatons.
The bulky cases of the Mille timepieces have always been instantly recognizable to thieves who target wealthy tourists around the French capital. A local newspaper published a map showing nearly two dozen high-value watch snatching in the Golden Triangle area along with other localities near the Champs-Elysees avenue this year. Approximately four Richard Mille watch robberies have been registered by the police. There have been 71 such cases and the stolen watches are worth at least $109,000. However, the Japanese victim is deemed lucky because the thief who stole his watch, also dropped his cellphone while running away which has provided the officials with a definite lead.
An 18-carat-gold working gold-toilet has been stolen from the Blenheim Palace on Saturday, October 12, informed the Thames Police. The Police said a gang broke into the palace on Saturday 04:50 of British Standard Time and stole the art installation. The Police said the theft caused a flood in the palace as the toilet was plumbed from its place. The palace was hosting an exhibition by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan from Thursday. The stolen artwork was a part of his art exhibition. Issuing an official statement, the Blenheim palace which is a World Heritage site and also the birthplace of Winston Churchill requested people to report to the police if they see anything suspicious.
(With Agency Inputs)