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Watch Dealer Feared For His Life In 2021 Robbery, According to New Details of the Crime October 24, 2023 (0 comments)


Las Vegas, NV--New details have been released from a violent 2021 $1 million robbery of a luxury watch dealer following a trade show, according to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

On October 19, 2021, dealer, Raimond Irimescu, had finished showing his collection of vintage watches at the International Watch & Jewelry Guild Expo at the Strip hotel, the newspaper said quoting a Las Vegas police report.

At about 12:30 p.m., Uber driver Ruben Spahn picked up Irimescu at the hotel in a Toyota RAV4 and was driving him to the airport, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

Quoting the newspaper: “A white minivan then suddenly pulled in front of the Toyota, and a small, charcoal-colored SUV blocked it from behind, and four to six men wearing all-black clothing, black hoodies, gloves and black and white masks leapt from the minivan and started breaking the Toyota’s windows while yelling, ‘Don’t Move.’

“Irimescu put up his hands and was ‘afraid he was going to be killed’ as one of the attackers appeared to be holding a gun while giving him commands, according to police.”

The robbers smashed windows, flattened tires and stabbed the driver in the left hand, the newspaper said, referring to the police report.

The robbers stole “two luggage bags and a backpack together containing the 40 luxury watches and pieces of jewelry with a total value of more than $1 million, plus his Apple laptop, $15,000 in cash and various miscellaneous items, police reported,” the newspaper wrote.

Among the items reportedly missing are a 2008 green dial Chrysoprase model Rolex worth $95,000, a 2015 Bezel Rolex valued at $45,000, a $31,000 power reserve Vacheron Constantin, a Harry Winston automatic watch worth $10,000 and a 1974 Patek Philippe worth $6,700.

The robbery remains unsolved and is the subject of a lawsuit filed on Monday by Irimescu’s Las Vegas attorneys against the Tropicana, Uber, its subsidiary Raiser LCC and Spahn.

Read the entire story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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