Terrifying video has emerged of a woman in her 50s being mugged on her own driveway for jewelry and a $16,000 Rolex watch.
Surveillance footage shot in San Francisco’s Sunset District last October shows how brazen attackers have become in the pursuit of easily sold valuables.
Rolex and other luxury watches have become status symbols and alarmingly tradeable assets for casual criminals and organized gangs.
Police are urging reputable dealers to be extremely careful to check any watches offered to them against registers of stolen goods.
An Instagram post by Dion Lim, a reporter and anchor for ABC7 San Francisco, describes how the woman, who is named as just Ms Lee had been followed to her home by two suspects in a white SUV.
When she goes to her trunk, one man jumps out of the SUV, knocks her to the ground and threatens her with a gun as he wrestles her purse away.
He then comes back to steal her jewelry which includes a $16,000 Rolex.
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According to a friend of Ms Lee, one of two suspects was caught by SFPD in Georgia but none of the stolen goods have been recovered.
To report any information relating to this or other crimes in the San Francisco area please call SFPD on 1-415-553-0123.