Mappin & Webb’s flagship boutique on London’s Regent Street was still closed this morning following a dramatic raid last night.
The gang responsible, who the police believe was six-strong and used hammers, axes and bats during the robbery, made a chaotic escape from the scene of the crime on three mopeds.
One of the mopeds crashed into a pedestrian on its way to nearby Oxford Street, while another was found abandoned outside the Mappin & Webb store. Both of these mopeds are now being forensically examined by the police.
The villains made off with a high-value haul after smashing open multiple display cabinets during the swift ransacking.
A smashed Rolex window cabinet was clearly visible this morning when WatchPro visited the scene.
DC Matt Hollands of the Met’s Flying Squad, had this to say: “We are following up a number of active leads on this live investigation. This raid was targeted and lasted only a few minutes.
“My team are busy collecting witness accounts and recovering vital CCTV footage of the burglary at the store and of the suspects leaving the scene.
“We know that the group panicked and rode recklessly in different directions to escape.
“Thankfully no members of the public were injured. I’d like to appeal for those who saw the individuals involved, either at the scene or fleeing, to get in touch with police and send us any images and footage that they have.
“All the suspects wore dark motorcycle clothing and black motorcycle helmets and a weapon has also been recovered at the scene.”
Mappin & Webb’s executive director Craig Bolton told WatchPro that his team were “unharmed, albeit very shaken by the incident. We have no further news at this stage until our wider teams can gain access to the store.”
No arrests have yet been made, according to police.
A day later, and less than half a mile away, another scooter was used in an attack on Watchfinder on Avery Row.