June 13, 2007 / 3:53 PM / 12 years ago

Bush robbed? Not on my watch!

A combination picture of eight television grabs shows (top row from left to right, bottom row from left to right) U.S. President George W. Bush initially wearing his wristwatch as he arrives to greet Albanians but is later seen without the watch in Fushe Kruje, outside of the capital Albania June 10, 2007. Reports that Bush had his wristwatch stolen while shaking hands with Albanians on his weekend visit are false, Albanian police and the U.S. Embassy said on Tuesday. Photographs show Bush, surrounded by five bodyguards, putting his hands behind his back so one of the bodyguards could remove his watch. Pictures taken from footage shot June 10, 2007. REUTERS/Albania TV via Reuters TV

TIRANA (Reuters) - Reports that President George W. Bush had his wristwatch stolen while shaking hands with Albanians on his weekend visit are false, Albanian police and the U.S. embassy said Tuesday.

“The story is untrue and the president did not lose his watch,” a spokesman for the embassy in Tirana said.

Some newspapers, television stations and websites carried reports that Bush’s watch vanished Sunday when he was greeted by ecstatic crowds in Fushe Kruje, outside the capital Tirana.

“It is not true,” said Albania’s police director, Ahmet Prenci.

Photographs showed Bush, surrounded by five bodyguards, putting his hands behind his back so one of the bodyguards could remove his watch.

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