Man in 80s has Rolex watch stolen by woman in Wareham

Purbeck Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 40s made unwelcome sexual advances to an elderly man in his car and then stole his gold Rolex watch.

The robbery took place at around 11.30 am on Friday 11th June 2021 when a local man aged in his 80s, returned to his car that was parked in Howards Lane car park, just off North Street in the centre of Wareham.

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Purbeck Police reported that as he got into his vehicle, he noticed a woman walk towards his car.

Woman became aggressive

She stopped to say hello and then got into the vehicle’s passenger side uninvited. She then leant across him and made sexual advances towards him, which were not welcome. When the victim asked the woman to leave, she became aggressive.

The woman grabbed the victim’s hand and scratched it, and then she left the vehicle. The man subsequently discovered that his gold Rolex watch had been stolen.

The suspect is described as around 40 years old, five feet nine inches tall, of large build and with medium-length dark hair, worn down. She wore a white top, dark trousers and pale red lipstick.

Howards Lane just off North Street in Wareham
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“Great sentimental value”

Police Constable Stuart Wilson, of Purbeck Police, said:

“The watch was bought for the victim by his wife 25 years ago and is of great sentimental value.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of the Howards Lane car park at the relevant time and either saw the offender, or captured the incident or the offender on dashcam, to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210092746.

Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111.

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