A Spanish judge can decide if the American lied about the value of the stolen watch.

A Spanish judge can decide if a wealthy American tourist is accused of making a false report about the theft of his watch – which police claim is worth only a fraction of $ 800,000. He told them, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

A spokesman for Mossos d’Esquadra in Catalonia said: “We have just recorded the statement of this person and filed a report in a duty court and for example, regarding the accusation of making a false statement against him. Not done. ” Said.

“And thus, it will be up to the investigating judge to decide whether further action should be taken on these lines.”

The spokesman said former charter jet operator Seth Bernstein told police that the timepiece that came out of his wrist during a dramatic, camera robbery in Barcelona was worth 800,000 euros (830,000).

Bernstein, 46, of Longwood, Florida, has denied giving any information to police.

His claim led Spanish media to report that the June 8 incident in the city’s Gothic Quarter, a popular tourist destination, marked the robbery of the most lucrative watch in Barcelona’s history.

Former charter jet operator Seth Bernstein has been accused of lying to Spanish authorities about the value of his stolen watch.
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No arrests were made.

But after the watch’s serial number was revealed, Swiss watchmaker Hublot told investigators that the watch was “actually 43,000 euros” or about, 44,700, a police spokesman said.

“The fact is that this gentleman’s statement contains information about the value of the watch which is beyond reality,” he added.

Police spokesmen could not confirm which model Bernstein’s watch was stolen, but said Hublot told police it was number three in the limited edition series of five.

Surveillance footage shows a robber snatching Seth Bernstein's watch in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.
Surveillance footage shows a man snatching Seth Bernstein’s watch in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.
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Emails seeking comments from Hublot were not immediately returned.

But an employee of Hublot Boutique on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan told The Post, “It’s possible someone had a 800 800,000 Hublot watch.”

“In New York, we sell at least one, maybe two watches, maybe $ 800,000 a year,” said Liu Wang, a sales associate.

Wang said Hublot’s “men’s watches start at about $ 8,000 but go into the millions”, adding: “I think Beyonc کو bought you a watch for جے 5 million on JZ’s birthday. . “

The expensive purchase was reportedly made in 2012 and included a white gold hubble with 1,282 diamonds inlaid on it.

Police believe Bernstein was not robbed, a police spokesman said: “As far as we are concerned, we are dealing with a violent intrusion and we are still searching for the person or persons responsible.”

A police source also said, “Whether the court decides to indict the victim of the robbery will probably depend on whether he has been asked to confirm the police statement.” And he will repeat his claim that the watch was worth 800,000 euros. “

“What this gentleman tells his insurance company, if he claims insurance using his police statement, is a matter between him and his insurers,” the source added.

In a text message sent to The Post on Tuesday, Bernstein accused Spanish authorities of lying about the value of his stolen property, saying he was “ashamed” of the arrogance in Barcelona, ​​which he described. “It’s full of thieves,” he said.

Surveillance footage shows a robber snatching Seth Bernstein's watch in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.
Swiss watchmaker Hublot told investigators that Seth Bernstein’s stolen watch was valued at 44 44,700.
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But Bernstein – who was planning to move to Sweden with his family in Italy at the time – declined to provide details about the watch or the dispute over its value, saying only that “insurance should cover it”. Will

He did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest developments.

Inquiries into the Spanish court system were not immediately returned.