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Thieves return watch to victim after realizing it was fake

A tourist in the Italian city of Naples was robbed of a watch at gunpoint, then brought back when the thieves realized it was fake.

Two Swiss tourists sitting down for a drink in Piazza Trieste e Trento, one of the city’s main squares, were approached by a young man, who pulled out a gun and held it to the head of one of the men, before grabbing his watch and walking off.

Seven minutes later, another young man made his way through the cafe’s outdoor seating area, raising his hands in a gesture of apology, saying sorry, and then delivered the watch back to its owner.

The extraordinary footage was captured on the CCTV camera of the bar where they were sitting, Monidee Café.

Piazza Trieste e Trento is in the heart of Naples, with the Royal Palace and opera house, the Teatro San Carlo, in pride of place. Leading on to the famous, colonnaded Piazza del Plebiscito, and bordering the ritzy Chiaia neighborhood, the busy square is known for its cafes and bars, with tourists flocking to the historical Gran Caffe Gambrinus.

Naples has long struggled with its reputation, and while tourism is booming, a spate of watch thefts this summer has led to one tourism boss suggesting that hotels give out plastic watches for visitors to use.