GUWAHATI, India, December 11 – Indian police have recovered a personalized stolen watch for star footballer Diego Maradona and arrested a suspect behind the alleged theft in Dubai, officials said on Saturday.
Police say they detained Wazid Hussain in northeastern Assam state and recovered a Swiss-made Hublot watch after he fled to India following an alleged theft in Dubai.
The 37-year-old had worked as a security guard since 2016 at a Dubai-based company that stored memorabilia related to the Argentine footballer, police said.
They said the one-time edition watch, valued at around $ 26,500, had a photo of the star engraved on the back and had his signature with his jersey number 10.
“Although there are many limited edition watches available, this watch was personalized for Maradona,” Sivasagar Police Commissioner Rakesh Roushan told AFP, citing information received from authorities in Dubai.
Maradona, considered one of the game’s greatest players, passed away last November at the age of 60.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said local police were detaining the accused after receiving information from his counterparts in Dubai.
Police said the man detained denied the allegations, adding that he returned to his hometown of Assam in August on the pretext of caring for his ailing father.