Rolex watch stolen by ‘charity collector’ in Poundbury, Dorchester

A woman claiming to be a charity collector stole a Rolex watch from the wrist of an elderly man in Dorchester.

Officers investigating the theft of the valuable watch in Dorchester are calling for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

At around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday July 17, an elderly man was approached on Woodlands Crescent in Poundbury by a woman asking for donations to a charity for the blind and deaf.

The victim told the woman he did not have cash and asked him to sign a form instead. As he signed, the woman gripped his hand tightly.

Shortly after the incident, the victim realized that his Rolex watch had been stolen.

The woman told the victim that she was Portuguese and is described as quite short with dark hair.

Other incidents have recently been reported across the county where Rolex watches have been targeted.

Constable Paul Holman of Dorchester Police said: “This watch had sentimental value to the victim and so I am keen to find out who is responsible for this incident.

“I appeal to anyone who may have witnessed what happened, or captured anything of importance on a dashcam or home video surveillance systems, to please come forward.

“I urge anyone who has been approached in similar circumstances to contact me as you may have important information to assist my investigations.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, e-mail [email protected] or calling 101, quoting the number d event 55210115353. Alternatively, to remain 100% anonymous, contact the independent Crimestoppers charity online at or call the free number 0800 555 111.

Floyd N. Morlan