Facebook Marketplace seller held up at knifepoint for Rolex watch

A MAN who was selling a Rolex to pay for private medical treatment was robbed at knifepoint in his own home, police say.

An investigation has been opened after the man had his watch stolen in Park Gate.

Police said he advertised the watch on Facebook Marketplace and planned to use the proceeds from the sale to pay for private medical care.

On September 6, he received a call from a woman saying she was interested in purchasing the watch.

Around 8 p.m. that evening, a woman and a man showed up at the victim’s home and initially pretended to make the transaction.

The man then threatened the victim with a knife and the couple fled with the watch.

The watch is described as a silver Rolex Oyster Perpetual DATEJUST, with a white gold fluted bezel and a jubilee bracelet.

Police are now appealing to the public for information.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: “Inquiries are ongoing at this time, however, we would ask anyone who has been offered the watch pictured here to contact the police by calling 101, in quoting 44220364146.

“You can also submit information to us online here: www.hampshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/

“You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

“We also encourage people to take the time to read the following advice on buying and selling online, and to stay alert.

“When you’re selling or buying online and through Facebook Marketplace, you never really know who you’re dealing with because criminals can hide behind a social media profile.”

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