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$900k in watches stolen in John Bull heist

Authorities confirmed yesterday that the two robbers responsible for the John Bull heist at the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Freeport, Grand Bahama, stole approximately $900,000 in high-end watches, including Rolex watches.

Monday’s smash-and-grab robbery more than doubles the May 2012 take in the armed robbery of John Bull’s flagship Rolex Boutique on Bay Street, where just under $400,000 in watches was stolen.

Authorities said on Monday that the two robbers entered John Bull shortly after 10 a.m., smashed showcases and grabbed the watches.

Both robbers were dressed in women’s clothing, but authorities did not confirm their gender.

Purported surveillance footage of the marketplace at the time of the incident showed the first robber running with what appeared to be a large straw handbag.

The suspect was wearing shades, ripped jeans and a cardigan, and had long, black hair.

A few seconds after the first robber disappeared off-screen, a second robber can be seen running in the same direction.

The suspected culprit, who also appeared to have long black hair, was wearing shades and carrying a large tote bag.

Slowed-down footage showed the suspect holding tightly onto what appeared to be a hair weave or wig.

It remains unclear if security personnel were present at the store at the time of the robbery.

When contacted on Monday, Director of Business Development at the John Bull Group of Companies Inga Bowleg referred questions to authorities at this time. However, Bowleg told The Nassau Guardian that the safety of staff was paramount.

“All staff are safe, and everyone came out unharmed,” she said.

“That’s the most important thing.”

Up to yesterday afternoon, no one had been arrested in connection with the crime.

Authorities appealed to the public to come forward with any information relating to the robbery.

The Central Detective Unit in Grand Bahama can be reached on 350-3107 or Crime Stoppers on 3280-TIPS.

During the 2012 robbery, two men grabbed nearly 12 luxury watches.

The men, who were wearing masks and gloves, burst into the store’s Rolex Boutique around 10 a.m., causing staff and customers to flee in terror.

One of the men was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, while the other man carried a hammer, which was used to break the glass display case.

Jonathan Armbrister, 35, and his accomplice, David Collins, 33, were charged with the crime and sentenced to 25 years and 20 years in prison, respectively.

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