Vermont state trooper allegedly stole a perfect fake Rolex watch from evidence room
Trying to get a new 1:1 replica Rolex watch can be frustrating, but is it frustrating enough to steal one? Jokes aside, watch theft in any form is, of course, immoral, and you would think a supposed man of the law would know better. Sure, police corruption is a very real and unfortunate reality. But it was still quite a surprise to see a New York Post headline this past week that revealed a Vermont state trooper is suspected of stealing, along with other belongings, a Swiss made replica Rolex watch from an evidence room.
David Propper of the New York Post explains: “A Vermont state trooper was suspended after he allegedly swiped a luxury super clone Rolex watch and other valuables from an evidence room, according to authorities and court documents. Trooper Giancarlo DiGenova was placed on paid leave Dec. 19, 2022 over the alleged thefts from a temporary evidence storage room, state police announced last week. The missing property was seized by narcotics investigators and Burlington police on Nov. 22 from an arrestee, according to VT Digger, citing court documents.”
Propper then goes onto explain that, according to court documents, DiGenova not only showed the cheap fake Rolex to another trooper, but also had the watch appraised for US$14,000 by a Burlington jeweler.
Tiffany Tan of VTDigger explains: “The affidavit also shows that a search of DiGenova’s state police vehicle after he was suspended turned up a business card for Periwinkle’s, a Burlington jewelry store and high quality replica Rolex dealer. The store owner reportedly told state police that DiGenova came to the store on Nov. 29, in uniform, and asked her to appraise the value of a gold top super clone Rolex men’s watch that he said came from a case he was working.”
The specific model is not listed in documentation regarding the incident, but it was specified the watch that DiGenova had a appraised was a “gold Rolex”. Based on the appraisal, I would assume the watch was either a solid gold Oyster Perpetual Date/Datejust or solid gold Rolex Day-Date replica for sale.
While DiGenova was seen entering and exiting the evidence room multiple times before the items, including the Swiss movement fake Rolex watch, went missing, his attorney claims there is no evidence to support the allegation his client stole the watch. DiGenova claimed to investigators that he was looking to purchase a watch for his son’s 21st birthday, which lead him to purchase a watch from his cousin hours away. While his cousin corroborated the purchase, there were no messages or receipts to confirm such a transaction occurred. DiGenova also claimed he later returned the watch he purchased from his cousin once he discovered it was fake.
The whole thing sounds suspicious. No charges have been filed as of the Post‘s write up, but I imagine this case is anything but closed.