Thieves of Charles Leclerc’s $2.2 Mn Richard Mille Watch Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Published 11/15/2023, 2:32 AM EST

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You do the crime and you do the time and pay the price. This is the law and even if some escape the justice, the perpetrators of the theft of the $2.2 million personalized Richard Mille of Charles Leclerc did not. The four-man team responsible for carrying out the theft of Leclerc’s luxury watch in Italy will finally be paying for their crime with the heftiest of fines–time!

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As we all know, a year and a half ago ahead of the 2022 Emilia Romagna GP, the Monegasque chased down the goons in the streets of Viareggio, a municipality in the Lucca region in Italy, to recover his stolen watch. The thieves who got close to Leclerc by posing as fans got away at that moment, but they’ve now been caught and will serve time in prison.

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The well-executed plan with an escape route in mind helped the perpetrators get away. In fact, the thieves were even prepared for a chase down the streets of Italy as the two thieves who stole the watch and were in the getaway scooter were being shielded by their other two compatriots in an SUV.

However, the four could not escape the law forever. After the Spanish police recovered the watch, it was time for the thieves to face justice. Two out of the three men involved in the robbery were sentenced to 10 years & 8 months in prison, according to reports. The woman who stopped the Ferrari man for a selfie posing as fans received a reduced sentence of 6 years & 5 months. The three requested a quick trial and will be paying the price for the unsavory act for quite some time.

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The fourth member of the gang is still awaiting trial. All the 30/32-year-olds from Naples will surely pay the price for a crime they’ve not committed for the first time.

Apart from the scarring incident with Charles Leclerc, past victims of the watch thieves also come to light

Leclerc might’ve been the most famous victim of the watch thieves from whom they stole the most expensive watch. However, this wasn’t the first rodeo of this gang of four. The Monegasque was a juicy target, but the gang started “small.”

Back in 2021, two members of this gang were also accused of robbing a French tourist whom they stole a $87,000 watch from at gunpoint. These incidents truly scar an individual, and Leclerc is no different.

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After the incident in Italy, the Monegasque has become more careful so that he doesn’t have to face similar heartbreak in the future. He showcased that during a recent meet and greet with his fans where he was getting selfies clicked and signing autographs. You will notice that before being bombarded by the fans, the Monegasque quickly took off his watch and tucked it safely away in his pocket.

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One bad incident can truly change a person for the rest of their lives. We are just glad to see Leclerc recover perhaps the most valuable and glamorous watch from his large collection.

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