Dramatic moment police catch gang 30 minutes after they beat up nightclub reveller and wrestled £65,000 designer watch from his wrist as they are jailed for 11 years
- The victim was attacked by the gang after he had left a nightclub in Birmingham
- They rained down punches on his head before they yanked his watch off his wrist
- Worth £65,000, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was handed down to the victim
- He called the police and, within minutes, they were able to track down the gang
This is the moment police recovered a £65,000 designer watch just minutes after it was snatched in a violent street robbery.
The victim had left a nightclub in Birmingham city centre just before 4am on April 21 when a man approached him and demanded to talk.
As he tried to walk away, he was grabbed and pushed against a shop shutter while the robber called to his accomplices waiting nearby.
The gang repeatedly punched him in the head while another thug held his arms down and yanked his Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch off his wrist.
The robbers sped off in a black Mercedes people carrier after the robbery.
The victim dialled 999 and within minutes officers patrolling the city centre spotted the car.
The officers followed the vehicle for a short distance before pulling it over.
Bodycam footage shows an officer open the driver’s door and point a taser at the men ordering them to ‘Show us your hands!’
He then tells the driver: ‘Pass me the key.’
Two officers spot one of the passengers shove something between the back seats which turned out to be the stolen watch.
It was reunited with the owner, who had inherited it from a relative who had recently died.
The £65,000 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (pictured) was handed down to the victim and stolen by the gang
This is the moment police recovered a £65,000 watch less than an hour after its owner had been violently robbed in Birmingham city centre. The watch (circled) had been stashed under a car seat
A police officer used a taser to force the driver of the car to get out, with officers arresting the gang
Jovan Mulcare, 28, from London (left), was jailed for four years and six months. Andre Hewitt, 28, of Grays, Essex (right), was sentenced to three years and nine months
Alimi Aviz, 23, of Hackney, London, was jailed for three years, after the three admitted robbery at Birmingham Crown Court
The three crooks were jailed after admitting the robbery at Birmingham Crown Court on November 22.
Jovan Mulcare, 28, from London, was jailed for four years and six months.
Andre Hewitt, 28, of Grays, Essex, was sentenced to three years and nine months.
Alimi Aviz, 23, of Hackney, London, was jailed for three years.
Detective Constable Stephen Foy, from West Midlands Police, said: ‘This was great work by officers who were able to quickly identify the robbers.
‘Just over 30 minutes after the original 999 call, we had the offenders in custody and the watch recovered.’