Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 6/13/12

Paris police have recovered a $380,000 watch stolen from Rafael Nadal at the hotel where he stayed during the French Open and arrested a hotel employee.

After winning his seventh title at Roland Garros on Monday, Nadal awoke the next morning to find out the wristwatch was stolen. The Spanish tennis star wore the R3 watch— loaned to him by the luxury brand Richard Mille— after his rain-delayed victory over Croatia's Novak Djokovic in four sets.



Paris police said they Clouseau-ed the criminaliste— a hotel barman—yesterday after tracing his hotel access badge, which was used to get into the room Nadal shared with his parents during the championship.

The bumbling crook confessed to entering Nadal's room and he brought the police to the spot where he had hidden the valuable wristband along a railway track near his home in the south of Paris.

No word on if the the arrested man had to do a promenade des accuse´s— that's perp-walk in New York— but it sounds so much better in French.


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