MASSapequa Park, N.Y. (AP) — An $8,000 deal on Facebook Marketplace went sour on Long Island when a man selling Rolex watches jumped on the hood of the thief’s car in an attempt to avoid being robbed.
“I’m not going to let this guy … surrender without a fight,” seller Steve Morrow told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The 43-year-old man was in front of his Massapequa Park home on Friday arranging to sell the Rolex watch he had purchased days earlier. A potential buyer shows up and asks Mauro to come over and ask for money. But he did not hand over the Rolex watch. Nassau County police said after the thief got the cash, he locked the door and sped away.
Police said officers patrolling the area happened to see a gray Honda SUV backing up and knocking Mauro down. Mauro jumped on the bonnet but was thrown off as the driver fled with the luxury watch. Mauro received minor cuts at the scene. His hands, elbows and knees.
Mauro, who describes himself as an experienced Facebook Marketplace seller, said he did not expect foul play.
“I always smell a liar right from the start, and this guy had never encountered one before,” said Mauro, who ran toward nearby police after being thrown from the SUV. “I started screaming ‘Go to him, he has my Rolex!’ “
But the thief is gone.
Police promise that anyone who reports the theft to Nassau County Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous.