SAVING TIME: Watch Stolen At Gunpoint In Naples Handed Back When Crooks Realise It Is Not 500K Richard Mille

This is the moment a watch stolen at gunpoint is handed back to its Swiss tourist owner when it was found the timepiece was not a 500K Richard Mille.

The incident was filmed at a restaurant on Piazza Trieste e Trento in the Italian city of Naples on 17th July.

The unnamed Swiss tourist was spending a relaxing summer evening with his companion at the restaurant when a burly man approached them and pulled out a gun.

A gunman robes a watch from a tourist, then later return it, in Napoli, Italy, on 17th July. (Newsflash)

He pointed the gun at the tourist’s head and snatched his watch before promptly leaving the scene.

However, a short while later, another person who was possibly an accomplice came to the restaurant to return the stolen watch to the tourist. Francesco Emilio Borrelli, councillor for the Italian region of Campania, said the person returning it had explained that they thought it was a Richard Mille, and once they had verified it was of another brand worth far less, had handed it back.

Borrelli shared the video on social media and said: “It is absurd because it took place just a few metres from the Naples Prefecture, the San Carlo, the Royal Palace, the army headquarters, and a short distance from Palazzo San Giacomo and the Police Headquarters.”

A gunman robes a watch from a tourist, then later return it, in Napoli, Italy, on 17th July. (Newsflash)

He added: “The city cannot be at the mercy of criminals and thugs.”

In the footage, the two tourists are seen sitting at a table on the terrace as a stocky man in dark blue T-shirt approaches and apparently removes a gun from his beltline.

He walks over to the victim, points the weapon at his head, and snatches his watch from his wrist before coolly walking away.

A gunman robes a watch from a tourist, then later return it, in Napoli, Italy, on 17th July. (Newsflash)

The stunned victim scratches his head after being violently robbed in just over a second.

In the next scene, a man in a white top is seen approaching the table and apparently returning the stolen item.

The man says a few words and then walks away, leaving the tourists stunned for a second time.

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