A MAN had his Patek Philippe Nautilus watch stolen from his wrist whilst getting into a taxi in Bournemouth town centre. 

The victim, aged in his 50s and from Poole, crossed Old Christchurch Road from the Dilli Haat restaurant toward Stafford Road to get a taxi. 

As the victim was getting into the taxi, he was approached by an unknown man in what was initially believed to be an attempt to get into the taxi. 

During the incident, a Patek Philippe Nautilus watch, which has a black leather strap with a white gold body, was stolen from the wrist of the victim. 

The offender ran off up the road, before turning left onto Lorne Park Road.  

He is described as of medium build, aged between 25 and 30 years old and approximately five feet eight inches tall. He was wearing black bottoms and a black hooded top with the hood up. 

The incident happened at approximately 12.45am on Saturday, June 25 and officers are appealing for witnesses or anybody with information to come forward. 

Police Constable Christopher Hartley, of Bournemouth police, said: “I am carrying out enquiries into this theft and have been checking CCTV in the vicinity for any footage to help my investigation. 

“I would urge anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident, or any suspicious activity in the moments leading up to it, to please come forward. 

“I am also keen to speak to anyone who has seen a watch matching the one described for sale in unusual circumstances.” 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220101377.  

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.