Investigations by the Munich police contributed to the arrest of the 36-year-old suspect.
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Watches stolen straight from the wrist: Italian police arrested eight men in Naples for allegedly smuggling high-quality watches across Europe. Help came from the Munich police.

DPolice in Naples have arrested eight men believed to be responsible for a series of violent robberies across Europe involving the theft of luxury watches. Last Thursday's arrests as part of the “Action Day” involved a search of many apartments, the Munich police headquarters announced on Tuesday.

The men are members of a criminal organization. Law enforcement agencies of various countries provided Europol with their information on watch thefts and robberies in recent years. A pattern of organized crime was identified there. Based on these findings, the police associations of Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Germany issued European Arrest Warrants against the identified Italian suspects living in Naples.

The activity day there was led by the Italian Directorate of Anti-Mafia Investigation, the Presidium announced. Commissioners from the Munich Criminal Police were present at the operation. Investigations by the Munich police contributed to the arrest of the 36-year-old suspect. He allegedly stole a watch from a man in Munich in September and then fled with another man on a scooter.