Jewellers raided overnight in first organised crime at shopping mall.
Tiffany & Co and De Beers stores at London Westfield have both been robbed in the first organised raid at the giant shopping centre.
A gang of 10 raiders wearing balaclavas smashed through a fire exit at Westfield London in the early hours of this morning. The gang targeted De Beers and Tiffany and escaped with “a quantity of jewellery” according to police.
Police were alerted by electronic alarms at Westfield London at about 1.20am, but the gang was already leaving as police arrived on the scene. A high-speed chase ensued across west London but the gang escaped.
Tiffany confirmed that there had been a robbery at its store but did not name the items stolen or the value of the haul. The store at Westfield London has been closed and the retailer said it is cooperating with the authorities.
De Beers also confirmed that it had been targeted in the raid and said its store at Westfield London is also closed.
De Beers Diamond Jewellers chief executive François Delage added: “This is an unfortunate incident, but is yet another reminder of the timeless allure of diamonds. We are working closely with the Metropolitan Police and have every confidence in the authorities’ ability to recover the stolen diamond jewellery.”
De Beers also did not disclose the value of what had been stolen but some reports have suggested that the haul could be worth as much as £2.5 million.