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Mafia kiss leads Ibiza police to Rolex thieves

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Mafia kiss leads Ibiza police to Rolex thieves
The grainy footage was enough to help police identify and locate five of the Camorra members operating on the island. Screengrab: Italian State Police/YouTube
09:52 CEST+02:00
Security cameras from a hotel on Spain's holiday island of Ibiza have helped police catch a Camorra gang specializing in luxury watch theft, as footage showed one of the thieves kissing his partner in crime on the lips when he pulled out a Rolex he'd just stolen.

Another security camera at a petrol station captured the moment one of the thieves quickly snatched the watch off the wrist of a man sitting inside a high-end vehicle.

Several people chase after the watch thief and then the footage cuts to a hotel lobby where the man pulls the booty out of his pocket, spurring his partner to smooch him right on the lips.

The grainy footage was enough to help police identify and locate five of the Camorra members operating on the island.

Video: Italian police

Part of a mafia network based in the Naples area, the arrested were experts in stealing watches and "evasive driving" as part of the operation, police said in a statement.

Two of the suspects, a man and a woman, rented an apartment in the most upmarket area of Ibiza Town, the capital of the island, and spent time in its port and other luxury areas to find potential targets.

"Once they selected their target and had verified which type of watch they owned and if it could be sold in Italy, the stalking phase began," the police statement said.

"They observed what time the victim arrived and left, what their main routine was, to determine the best moment to steal the watch."

The gang, which arrived on the Mediterranean island in May, targeted watches that cost at least €10,000 which they then sent to Italy.

Ibiza, the smallest of the three main Balearic islands located some 190 kilometres (120 miles) off Barcelona, is one of Europe's top tourist destinations.

The island, which is known for its luxury nightclubs and turquoise waters, draws rich and famous visitors from around the world. US hotel heiress Paris Hilton and British model Kate Moss are regular visitors.

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