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THE ROLEX WATCH THIEF CAUGHT ON CCTV DOING A RUNNER. HIS ‘TIME’ IS UP.

A Rolex watch, similar to the one that was stolen

A Rolex watch, similar to the one that was stolen Photo: Victoria Police.

The clock may be ticking for a man who allegedly duped two Gumtree sellers into letting him try on an expensive Rolex watch before running off with it.

Police are searching for the man who met the sellers at Doncaster Shopping Centre.

The sellers set up the meeting with the man, who used the name “Johnny”, after he expressed interest in buying the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch, which had been advertised on Gumtree for $22,000.

The man wanted over the theft of a $22,000 Rolex

The man wanted over the theft of a $22,000 Rolex Photo: Victoria Police.

After asking to try on the watch, the man ran off with it.

One of the sellers chased after the man, but gave up when the thief allegedly pulled out a weapon and threatened him with it.

Features of the stolen watch, according to the Gumtree advertisement, include a “chocolate Arabic dial and black ceramic bezel black strap” and an “18 [carat] everose gold folding buckle with locking clasp”.

Police have released images taken from CCTV footage of the man, who is described as being aged between 20 and 30 years old and about 180 centimetres tall, with an athletic build.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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