These Watch Thieves Should Have Waited

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Let no one say that In­dia lags be­hind when it comes to any in­ter­na­tional trends, even bur­glary. The break-in this week at a fa­mous fam­ily-run watch store in New Delhi’s Con­naught Place was in­trigu­ing as the thieves ap­par­ently took only the more ex­pen­sive time­pieces — 700 of them, it seems — leav­ing not only the run-of-the-mill watches but also other po­ten­tially pil­fer­able elec­tron­ics. Given the in­creased risk of get­ting caught these days due to bet­ter CCTV cov­er­age and the like, it is not sur­pris­ing that canny thieves now value qual­ity over quan­tity and stick to their main brief. In that re­spect, they ap­pear to be on the same page as rob­bers in other na­tions now tar­get­ing high-end goods over mass mar­ket. Lon­don has been suf­fer­ing a se­ries of re­cent dar­ing at­tacks on lux­ury brand show­rooms with moped-borne bur­glars mak­ing off with ex­pen­sive de­signer bags, watches and clothes. And late last year, not only did New York have its share of smas­hand-grab loot­ings in jewellery stores, but across the world in Hong Kong, thieves pur­loined HK$2 mil­lion worth of lux­ury ac­ces­sories in an early morn­ing heist. The In­dian rob­bers, how­ever, do not seem have timed their op­er­a­tion too well. The de­mon­eti­sa­tion trauma has still not re­ceded, and po­ten­tial cus­tomers — even fences — may not want to part with that much pre­cious cash just yet.

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