Caught on video: Robbery victim recounts the theft of a $15,000 Rolex watch after a wing strike in Sherman Oaks

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (KABC) — New details have emerged of a robbery that occurred in broad daylight and was captured on video after a fender bender in Sherman Oaks.

“Drop the watch! Ditch the watch! the thieves say repeatedly during the incident, referring to the victim’s $15,000 Rolex. “Hurry up! Take it off!

In an interview with ABC7, the victim, Paul, who declined to give his last name out of concern for his safety, described what he was thinking at the time: “You’re trying to control yourself, OK, calm down , don’t interfere, don’t hit”, because his life was at stake.

“You can’t do anything when (there are) two guns in front of you,” he added.

Surveillance video shows the three suspects pulling up in a white Mercedes-Benz sedan after overturning Paul’s car. Paul exits his vehicle and inadvertently presses the record button on his phone as he is confronted by the armed robbers.

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He told ABC7 he thought he became a target after suspects saw the watch on his wrist, which was visible through his open car window.

Paul said he bought the Rolex 20 years ago to celebrate getting his nursing license.

“I hope people will stand up and explain to our local authorities, local politicians, enough is enough and change is supposed to happen,” he said.

The two videos of the theft are part of an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Floyd N. Morlan