and one more! The night from Sunday to yesterday, it was at the port of Vauban in Antibes that a new attack took place. Around 01.30 a tourist is prosecuted by individuals. They distract him, give him a few punches, and snatch his watch. A Rolex estimated at 27,000 euros.
The dark line continues. At unprecedented levels. For a few years, the Côte d’Azur has known that summer is favorable for the “Neapolitan gang” who love luxury watches stolen from a snap. She discovers today that this crime is changing face. New teams. New techniques. More frequently. More violent.
Rolex, Patek Philippe …
Antibes therefore, but also Cannes, Nice or Saint-Tropez and many others … The large seaside resorts in the South East attract these very special watch lovers. Dozens of thefts (in the absence of official figures) have been committed there since the spring. Main target: Rolex or Patek Philippe, whose value is in the tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of euros.
“It is a national phenomenon that we see in all the tourist areas, the big cities of the coast but also in Paris”, reports Division Manager Florence Gavello. The Department of Public Security (DDSP 06), of which she is a spokesperson, notes “a diversification of operating methods: theft by force, theft by trick, burglary “.
“It’s getting bigger”
“It simply came to our notice thenconfirms squadron leader Élodie Nègre, head of the Gassin Saint-Tropez company. It gets bigger and bigger, happens earlier and earlier. And we’re seeing violent trends emerge that worry us. ”
Admittedly, most French people, who are more concerned about delicate endings to the month, do not run the big risk. But face this “wrap”, the answer is organized. Public prosecutors, judicial police, public security, gendarmerie … Everyone is mobilizing to stop this violent spiral that is causing triple damage: physically, materially and in the form of image.
5 recent assaults
Cannes, 17 June. Road to Grasse, 19:30. A seven-man man stops his Ferrari at a gas station. As he fills up, two people show up sitting on a scooter. The passenger tries to snatch his watch. He resists. The driver gazes him at close range and snatches his Patek Philippe, estimated at 150,000 euros. He will be caught by the police, without the jewel.
Juan-les-Pins, May 24th. Edouard-Baudouin Promenade, at A car stops in front of the terrace of a brasserie. Two thugs jump out. One of them stops the customers sitting up with a long weapon, writes a shotgun and tears the clock off one of them. The other strikes another customer with a butt and sprinkles the table with tear gas. Witnesses try in vain to catch up with them. The jewel turns out to be a replica of Richard Mille.
Antibes, May 21st. Cap d’Antibes, 8:30 People in a car ask for directions to a 73-year-old pedestrian. After informing them, he continues on his way. One of the passengers in the vehicle shows up and steals his watch, a Patek Philippe for 40,000 euros.
Lovely, May 17th. Harbor district, at the foot of Slotsbakken. Three attackers kill a 75-year-old Belgian tourist. Two of them keep him on the ground, while the third steals his Rolex, estimated between 25,000 and 28,000 euros. Public outcry haunts them. Police find the three young Moroccans from the cliffs of the harbor dike clockwise. On June 21, the two majors were sentenced to one year in prison in Nice.
Cannes, March 26. Boulevard du Midi-Louise Moreau, at At the end of a dangerous chase, the driver of a fake coated scooter is arrested by the municipal police. In his case, this 23-year-old Neapolitan overthrew a Patek Philippe worth 80,000 euros, snatched from a 61-year-old countryman. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison in Grasse.