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Police launch appeal as two women sought after Rolex watch theft in Dorset – public urged to ‘remain vigilant’

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Two women are being sought by police in Dorset in connection with the theft of a Rolex watch in Poole.

Detectives have released images of two women they would like to speak to in connection with the distraction theft.

Police have also released an image of a vehicle they are looking to trace.

Between 12.30pm and 1pm on 21 September, a man in his 90s was approached by two women in Links Road in Poole.

Two women are being sought in connection with the incidents. They are believed to have distracted their victims before taking their watches
Image: Two women are being sought in connection with the incident

Police said one of the women had a clipboard and was asking the man to sign a charity petition. After he signed it, she pulled him in for a hug and they left the scene.

A few minutes later the man discovered his Rolex watch was missing, detectives added.

Police said this incident has been linked to a series of similar Rolex thefts in the area.

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Detective Sergeant Karen Penn, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “As part of our investigation, we have obtained images of the female suspects and the car they were seen to get into following the incident.

“I appreciate the images are not great quality, but I am hopeful they may help jog someone’s memory and I would urge anyone with information to please contact us.

Police are searching for a vehicle in connection with a series of robberies in Poole
Image: Police are also searching for a vehicle

“The women involved are described as eastern European and I would like to take this opportunity to urge people to remain vigilant if they are approached in similar circumstances, particularly if you are wearing a high-value watch or item of jewellery.”

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 55210152820.

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