Apple store raided by hammer-wielding moped gang

Lawrence Kim
November 14, 2017

Smash-and-grab raids have been increasingly frequent in central London, with Mappin & Webb's Regent Street flagship and House of Fraser on Oxford Street robbed in a similar way last month.

A security guard was threatened with a hammer as he tried to stop a moped gang from ransacking London's flagship Apple store in the early hours of Monday morning.

Mr Sheful, who works in digital marketing, said passing drivers could be heard sounding their horns, but the thieves were gone in seconds.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the incident: "Police in Westminster were called at [12:45 a.m.] on Monday to reports of an aggravated burglary". They were only inside for around three minutes, but in addition to snatching thousands of pounds worth of gear (which could be, like, three things given Apple's current pricing structure) they also managed to threaten the on-site security guards with hammer.

The suspects, described as wearing dark clothing, are said to have made off northbound along Regent Street.

The raid at Mappin & Webb jewellery store on October 9 involved six suspects.

There has been a surge in thefts of mopeds or scooters, as well as in crimes carried out using them.

There are over 50 moped-enabled crimes in London every day, according to the Mayor's office.

Police say this is linked to a rise in commuters using scoooters and a growing market for second-hand mobile phone parts.

Scotland Yard hopes that their new BMW motorbikes will help them chase down moped criminals.

The spray marks the offender with an invisible liquid which is extremely hard to remove and contains a DNA-style unique code.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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