Duo charged for swopping real Rolex with fake one
They allegedly switched $29,500 watch with fake one and fled
Posing as interested buyers of a Rolex watch, two men allegedly swopped the genuine timepiece with a fake copy before fleeing.
But not for long.
Yesterday, Jim Bradley Misso Wen Ping, 20, and Joshua Chua Yongcheng, 24, were each charged with one count of stealing the Rolex GMT 2 watch worth $29,500 from property agent Thomas Tong Guo Xian at around 9.15pm on Jan 22.
Mr Tong, 30, had advertised the watch for sale on the online marketplace Carousell in October last year.
According to earlier reports, he had planned to use the proceeds to pay for a home with his fiancee.
The two young men contacted Mr Tong to view the watch and went to his Upper Boon Keng Road flat, the police said on Wednesday.
"The victim facilitated the request and handed the watch to the suspects for viewing. It is believed that the genuine Rolex watch was replaced with an imitation version by one of the suspects before it was handed back to the victim," the police statement said.
Court papers did not reveal the identity of the person who allegedly performed the switch.
Mr Tong alerted the police the next day.
Officers from Bedok Police Division managed to track down Misso and Chua through the aid of security camera footage and extensive ground inquiries.
The pair were arrested on Tuesday at the Tuas Checkpoint, and police said the genuine Rolex has been recovered.
They were each offered bail of $10,000 yesterday and will be back in court next Thursday.
If convicted of theft, they can each be jailed for up to three years and fined.