Luxury watches targeted in at least 20 armed robberies in San Francisco


Armed robbers target people wearing Rolexes and other high-end watches in San Francisco.

San Francisco police said there have been at least 20 such armed robberies since June.

“It’s an organized group of suspects coming together. They’re specifically targeting people, and we think there’s some level of surveillance or pre-tracking going on,” said Sgt. Adam Lobsinger of the San Francisco Police Department.

Lobsinger said these watches are worth tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Some victims, he said, fought back and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

“Fortunately, we didn’t see any serious injuries. But one thing we always remind people of, if you’re a victim of this type of crime, don’t retaliate,” Lobsinger said. “At the end of the day, it’s a property crime, your watch can be replaced, but you can’t.”

Police say some of the crimes were caught on CCTV and they are using part of that video to investigate the crimes.

In the meantime, SFPD wants people to remain vigilant when carrying valuables, such as watches.


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