Man and boy arrested over theft of £98,000 watch – and three other Hale watch robberies are thought to be linked

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of a £98,000 watch from a man on Hale Road – and police believe three similar robberies in Hale are linked.

We reported on Friday how two men threatened a man with a socket wrench on Hale Road and demanded he hand over his watch – an Audemars Piguet rose gold skeleton watch valued at around £98,000 – before fleeing in a car.

Police have now arrested a man aged 25 and a boy aged 17 on suspicion of robbery.

A watch valued at £98,000 was taken during the theft on Hale Road

And three further high-value watch robberies, committed in similar circumstances in recent days in Hale, are being treated as linked.

The first happened shortly after 3pm on Friday, when two watches – a Rolex Oyster with a white face and gold band in the middle of the bracelet, valued at £6,000 and a Tag Heuer sports watch in silver valued at £3,000 – were stolen from a man, 63, and woman, 60, who were walking along the passageway between Cambridge Road and Ollerbarrow Road in Hale.

And then on Saturday, at around 3.30pm, a Rolex watch worth £20,000 was stolen from a 62-year-old man as he walked along Bower Road.

During that robbery, the man received injuries that did not require hospital treatment.

Two separate robberies happened in the passageway between Cambridge Road and Ollerbarrow Road

Detective Sergeant Helen Bagnall, of GMP’s Trafford District, said: “While we have made two arrests as part of our investigations, our enquiries remain ongoing.

“If you have any details or footage that can assist us, please get in touch.”

Anyone who has any information about the robbery should call police on 0161 856 7587.

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

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