Robbers leap from car and threaten dad with screwdriver before nicking Rolex

Nerve-wracking footage shows a gang threatening a dad with a screwdriver before stealing his £12,000 Rolex watch.

Edward Siddall-Jones was walking along Warstone Lane in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter around 4.45pm on Tuesday (June 22) when a black Nissan Qashqai suddenly pulled up alongside him.

A gang of four masked men leapt out and held a screwdriver to the chest of the dad-of-two, demanding his Rolex.

They tore it off his wrist and jumped back into their getaway car and fled.

Mr Siddall-Jones, who was not injured but shaken up in the brazen daylight attack, now fears a gang is watching and targeting people wearing high-value watches after learning of two other people who were robbed of their prestigious timepieces, Birmingham Live reports.

The property consultant, who has a firm in the area, told the title: "I think there is something going on in the area.

"I know of two people who work here and were robbed of their Rolexes.

"The criminals are pushing at an open door. They are targeting people in the Jewellery Quarter and I do not want this to happen to anyone else.

Mr Siddall-Jones said: "It happened quite quickly.

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"Four masked blokes all dressed in black jumped out of a black Nissan Qashqai and they held a screwdriver to my chest and said 'give us your watch or we'll f*****g stab you.'

"They took it off my wrist and they said 'right, we've got it' and jumped back in the car and went.

"I was quite calm as it happened so quickly. I rang the police and they came straight away. They did not take a statement from me.

"I have always felt secure round here. The Jewellery Quarter is like a village and things like this do make you nervous."

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A spokeswoman from West Midlands Police said: "We are investigating a robbery on Warstone Lane, Birmingham just before 5pm on Tuesday (22 June).

"A man in his 30s was threatened by four men, including one armed with a screwdriver, before having his Rolex watch stolen.

"Fortunately, the man was not hurt but was left shaken.

The force added: "Enquiries are ongoing to trace the offenders and we would urge anyone with information to contact police via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101 quoting crime ref 20/754579/21."

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