Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Soccer star reunited with Rolex

Former Arsenal footballer Lauren is being reunited with a Rolex watch that was stolen

Former Arsenal footballer Lauren is to be reunited with a Rolex watch that was stolen from him more than six years ago.

The retired Cameroonian defender will collect the Rolex Daytona after police found the watch among £500,000 of stolen goods at an addresses in Essex and east London.

The Rolex, which was taken in March 2005, was one of many sought-after and highly-collectable watches, both wrist and pocket, which were recovered. The majority of them had been produced in limited numbers.

Det Sgt Richard George, of the Tower Hamlets crime squad, said: "We are delighted to be able to reunite Lauren with his watch. We are utilising every tool available to us to identify as many victims as possible."

The investigation by police in Tower Hamlets has identified a number of the watches as being stolen in armed robberies on jewellers, household burglaries and thefts across the south-east of England from 1994 to late 2010.

A Flickr page has been set up in the hope that the public will browse through images of the stolen items and identify anything that might belong to them.

Lauren played for Arsenal between 2000 and 2007 and was a member of the "Invincibles" 2003-2004 title-winning team which completed an unbeaten Premier League campaign.