Wilde video shows the moment a luxury watch was stolen from the wrist of an American tourist in Barcelona, which he claims is worth around $800,000 – but Spanish officials say is actually worth $45,000. is close to.
In footage reported by Barcelona-based news site El Periodico, a robber walks up to an unidentified man with his family, grabs his wrist, and turns off the watch before fleeing – all in seconds. The incident apparently happened last Wednesday.
The Spanish-news site reported that the man claimed it was a Hublot watch worth around $800,000, meaning it would be the most expensive watch ever stolen in Barcelona at the time.
The news quickly spread across the country, with only the police significantly reducing the value of the watch.
It is currently unclear why there was such a discrepancy between the value originally reported and a Catalan authorities appraisal of the stolen watch. It is believed that this person is a resident of America, but not much information has been revealed about him.
The tourist also reportedly told the police that he was surrounded by a group of robbers, which also contradicts the footage of the incident.
According to the police, the victim suffered only minor injuries. It is not clear whether the watch has been recovered.
The theft took place in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, a popular tourist destination.
The US government has repeatedly warned travelers about street crime in popular tourist destinations in Spain.
“US citizens have reported pickpocketing, theft and sexual assault, and sometimes other violent attacks,” states the State Department website. “Thieves often work in teams to distract you.”