Dorset Police investigate Rolex watch theft in Bournemouth


A SHOP employee was injured in the attempted theft of a Rolex watch which resulted in a car chase stretching from Bournemouth to Ringwood.

Five men were arrested Thursday, September 23 after a high-speed chase resulted in a car crash outside Ringwood School.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: ‘Detectives investigating an attempted watch theft and subsequent assault in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.

“Dorset Police received a report at 2:50 pm on Thursday 23 September 2021 that a man attempted to steal a Rolex watch from Arcade jewelers in Bournemouth Arcade.”

During the incident, it is alleged that a staff member was assaulted, sustaining various minor injuries.

The spokesperson added: “It is reported that a vehicle suspected of being involved in the incident left the scene. Officers attended, conducted a search of the area – assisted by the NPAS helicopter – and followed the vehicle before it stopped at Parsonage Barn Lane in Ringwood.

“A 37-year-old man, two 22-year-old men, a 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, all from the London area, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit theft. One of the men was also arrested on suspicion of assault. They are all currently assisting detectives in their investigations. ”

Detective Inspector Shaun Inkpen of Bournemouth CID said: ‘A full investigation is underway and I appeal to all who were in the area and witnessed what happened, to kindly come forward and help us in our investigation.

“I also urge motorists who may have captured anything of importance on the dashcam, whether in Bournemouth or Ringwood, to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, e-mail [email protected] or calling 101, quoting the number d ‘event 55210154187.

Alternatively, to remain 100% anonymous, contact the independent Crimestoppers charity online at or call the free number 0800 555 111.


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