Bad time: $80,000 Rolex stolen |

Bad time: $80,000 Rolex stolen

A Rifle man was robbed of an $80,000 Rolex watch and $20,000 in cash last week.

Roy Savage, 71, of Rifle, who is retired, said he kept the valuables in a semi-trailer parked behind the Rain For Rent shop on Highway 6 and 24 in Rifle. Savage said the theft occurred on Sept. 26 or 27.

“It looked like they had a key,” Savage said, because there was no forced entry.

According to the police report, a drawer to a filing cabinet was taken that contained the watch and the cash.

The case is under investigation, said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario.

Savage said he also kept truck parts in the trailer and from time to time someone would come in and pick up a part. Savage hauled water for the oil and gas industry for many years.

He agreed whoever stole the items knew where they were kept and went for them alone.

“There was too much other stuff laying around that you could sell and make money on,” he said. “They must have known.”

Savage described the Rolex as having a solid gold band with diamonds around the face. He said he got the watch as payment for a job. The man he’d worked for died, he said, without paying his bill.

“When the guy died the government seized everything,” he said.

The man’s widow gave him the watch because she didn’t want to see it go to the government.

Also stolen was $20,000 in $100 bills. He said he put money in the trailer when he had a little extra. He didn’t want to put it in a bank.

“I have no idea who did it,” he said. “I know lots of people but very few people have been in there. I just can’t imagine why.”

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