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Oliver White has died after a “traumatic” robbery in which thieves stole £2.8 million of luxury watches in Richmond, London, last Saturday, with one friend revealing he feared he would have to pay back the money

Alana Dredge posted an online tribute to her boyfriend Oliver White after he was found dead on Sunday evening(@lovelocks_x/Instagram)

The family of a watch dealer whose body was found a day after being attacked by thieves in a jewelry store say he took his own life due to the “torment and suffering” of the “horrific attack”.

On Saturday afternoon, Oliver White was strangled by an attacker while a second man stole several luxury watches at 247 Kettles in Richmond, southwest London. The total haul was said to be worth around £2.8 million.



CCTV of the robbery, which was posted online before White’s death, went viral after it showed he was attacked after initially being asked to fix a watch for two thieves.

White, 27, a sales manager for the company, who was not seriously injured, was found dead shortly after 8.15pm on Sunday at his family home in Shepperton, Surrey. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police have released photos of a shocking incident at a jeweler in Richmond (london_watch_co/Instagram)

In a statement released Tuesday evening, his family said they were devastated by the loss of a “beautiful, funny and loyal boy.”

They said: “Our son Oliver came home from work on Saturday traumatized and unable to speak. He was the victim of a terrifying attack and high-value robbery at his workplace, which was later widely reported on social media.

“Sadly, we believe that Oliver later took his own life due to the anguish and suffering of this terrible event. As a family, we are devastated by the loss of our beautiful, funny and loyal boy who lit up every room he entered.”

Police found his body when responding to a call at a property in Shepperton, Surrey (@lovelocks_x/Instagram)
His girlfriend Alana called him “my world”(@lovelocks_x/Instagram)

The tribute came after his girlfriend Alana Dredge shared the last photo the pair took together on vacation earlier this month and wrote on Instagram that he was her “whole world” and that “I will never stop loving you.”

She said, “My darling boy, I can’t believe you’re gone… The last thing you said to me was, ‘I love you.’ I will love you forever, being with you was the best six years of my life. I hope you read this from there, I will continue to make you proud. I don’t know how I’ll cope without you, my whole world has ended. My life will never be the same again. I can’t explain how much I love you. I will never stop loving you. I’m so numb I can’t cry anymore.

“I have never felt such pain, you were the only person who could give me comfort like no one else and make all my pain disappear. Now you’re not here, I don’t know what I’ll do.

The police want to talk to one of the men in connection with the robbery (London watchmaking company)

CCTV appears to show White being choked. A close friend of White’s told MailOnline he was left distressed by the theft of watches worth £2.8 million.

A friend said: “Olli was terrified that he might lose everything he owned and that they might even take his mother’s house. He was also traumatized by what had happened and was very scared of what the impact this attack might have on his and his family’s financial future. He just didn’t know what was going to happen.” The Metropolitan Police made no arrests and released photos of the two suspects.

The watch seller thought he would have to pay back the money he lost during the robbery (London watchmaking company)

The Met said: “We are aware of the death of a man in Surrey on Sunday 26 May. Surrey Police officers are investigating the incident and are not currently being treated as suspects. Anyway, they used a sledgehammer to break our floor to ceiling windows and then pushed the safe out onto the road below. The man who died was the victim of a robbery at a jewelry store in Richmond on Saturday, May 25. We ask that the privacy of his family be respected at this difficult time and that moving CCTV footage of the incident involving the victim is not shared on social media.”

Surrey Police said officers were called to the scene in Shepperton shortly after 8.15pm on Sunday after safety concerns were reported.

A spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately, a man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene. His loved ones are aware of this and receive support. “The investigation is still ongoing but his death is not considered suspicious.”