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WatchCrime: Napoli player loses Rolex in highway robbery

by Philip Kaspar
20 February, 2013
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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

Marek Hamsik

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There’s been another incident of WatchCrime, and while it is no doubt distressing for Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, robbed of his Rolex at gunpoint in Napoli following a goalless draw with Sampdoria, it makes a change from reporting on violent criminals raiding jewellery stores the length and breadth of crime riddled Britain.

Hamsik, a firm fan favourite at Napoli, on contract to 2016, has spoken of his distress after being robbed at gunpoint in the southern Italian city on Sunday.

Tangenziale bypass where the incident happened

The incident happened in a queue of traffic on Via Cinthia, preparing to join the Tangenziale bypass. Driving in a BMW, Hamsik witnessed three assailants on a scooter pull up to the driver side window. They smashed it and demanded Hamsik’s Rolex watch worth around £10,000. Hamsik duly complied.

The 25 year old midfielder escaped shaken but unharmed. Unfortunately for Hamsik, lightning has not struck once, but three times. His family has been involved in three criminal incidents since he joined Napoli in 2007.

In December 2008 he was the victim of a similar theft while Christmas shopping. Then his car was a Mini and his assailants were two instead of three but otherwise the incident was almost identical – right down to the brand of watch that was stolen.

He told sscnapoli.it: “I’m really unhappy about what happened after the match. It’s the third time that it’s happened to me since I’ve been here. I’m really sorry that these kind of things happen but unfortunately it is one of the hardships of living in Napoli.”

Another incident occurred in 2011 when his wife Martina had her car stolen at gunpoint. The car was subsequently recovered.

Napoli’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani – who is currently being courted by Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid – decided to move to a high-security gated community after having his home broken into and Swiss winger Valon Behrami was aggressively relieved of his Hublot watch during a shopping trip.

Meanwhile. so called WAG Goddess Yanina Screpante, the girlfriend of former Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, was mugged at gunpoint in 2011 before the Argentinian moved to Paris St Germain the following summer. At the time she described Napoli as a ‘shit city.’

Napoli’s owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis responded at the time with a statement about it being unwise to wear a valuable watch in a climate of recession.

Hamsik is a valued player with Napoli. He has scored sixty-eight goals in five and a half seasons with the club representing a great return on investment for a player who has shifted between roles in midfield and just behind the attack. Now it remains to be seen if this latest incident will unsettle the midfielder sufficiently to want to move on.

If Rolex should read or hear of this incident they might want to consider making Hamsik a Brand Ambassador, having shown such determined loyalty to the brand in the face of such trying circumstances.

 

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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

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