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£98,000 watch stolen as man threatened with socket wrench in Hale

By David Prior at

Police are appealing for information after a man had a watch worth £98,000 stolen after being threatened with a socket wrench on Hale Road in Hale.

The victim, a man in his 40s, was not injured but left “understandably shaken” by the robbery at around 4.40pm on Sunday July 26th.

Two men threatened the man on Hale Road with a socket wrench and demanded he hand over his watch, an Audemars Piguet rose gold skeleton watch valued at around £98,000.

The offenders fled in a vehicle, thought to be a Black Audi A3, possibly an S Line model.

One man, who got out of the driver’s side of the vehicle, is described as white, more than 6ft tall, of slim build with a grey hooded top with the hood pulled up and strings pulled tight to his face. The top had a logo on the left chest. This man was carrying the socket wrench.

The second man is described as shorter in height, of stocky build and was wearing a light-coloured hooded top. He spoke with a local accent that is described as sounding “young”.

Detective Sergeant John Seaton, of GMP’s Trafford District, said: “Thankfully the man was not injured during this robbery.

“We are determined to find these offenders and recover his property.

“We’d urge anyone who recognises the description of those involved, was in the area at the time or has any information to contact police immediately.

“I’d also ask the public to get in touch if they become aware of anyone attempting to sell the watch pictured.”

Anyone who has any information about the robbery should call police on 0161 856 7587 quoting incident number 2326 of 26072020.

Details can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.