Saturday 24 March 2018

Rafael Nadal's €297,400 stolen watch found, hotel employee arrested

POLICE have recovered a €297,400 watch stolen from Rafael Nadal at the hotel where he stayed during the French Open and arrested a hotel employee.

The jewel-encrusted timepiece had been lent to Nadal by luxury watchmaker Richard Mille for the French Open. But when he awoke in the five-star hotel in the chic eighth arrondissement on Tuesday morning, it had vanished.

Police suspected an inside job as the hotel suite showed no signs of forced entry, and only Nadal's parents and girlfriend had access.

They later foiled the thief, a 38-year old hotel barman, after identifying him via his magnetic key card, which was used to access the room in which Nadal stayed.

A police source said the man confessed to having let himself in and taken the luxury watch, and brought detectives to the grassy spot where he had hidden it along a railway track near his home in the Essonne area south of Paris.

Nadal won at Roland Garros for a record seventh time on Monday, beating world number one Novak Djokovic.

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