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Cops find Nadal's R3m watch

2012-06-13 13:06

Paris - Paris police have recovered a €300 000 (R3 156 000) watch stolen from Rafael Nadal at the hotel where he stayed during the French Open and arrested a hotel employee, a police source said on Wednesday.

The source said police tracked down the presumed thief, a hotel barman, on Tuesday after tracing his hotel access badge, which was used to access the room in which Nadal stayed with his parents during the championship.

He confessed to having entered Nadal's room and taken the luxury watch, and brought police to the spot where he had hidden it along a railway track near his home in the Essonne area south of Paris, the source said.

French media reported that luxury watchmaker Richard Mille had lent Nadal the watch for the French Open, which the Spanish tennis sensation won for a record seventh time on Monday, beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

AFP

Comments
  • Glen - 2012-06-13 13:35

    I hope the thief does time!

      ettienne.pel - 2012-06-13 15:29

      And that with NO watch.....LOL.

  • TravieGrif - 2012-06-13 14:05

    Crickey that watch had better wipe his backside for him at that price!!!!!!! Eish

  • Squeegee - 2012-06-13 14:26

    He's lucky he did not visit SA with that watch - they would still be looking for his arm.

  • sarita.pillay.5 - 2012-06-13 14:44

    Who carries around a R3m watch while travelling and living in hotels ???? Well Rafael Nadal i guess. That`s just asking for trouble i say.

  • Stirrer - 2012-06-13 15:21

    My R1600 Fossil is 100% accurate, reliable and is stylish. Is a R3 million watch more accurate or reliable? If not, I cannot see the point of having an expensive watch

      TravieGrif - 2012-06-14 08:45

      I wouldn't be surprised if the watch was sponsored. Besides, he has plenty of cash, I think. But I do agree with you. I went a little more expensive on my watch...it is a Tissot that I paid R2000 because it has that face that doesn't get scratched...crystal, you know. Go big or go home, I always say!

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