Mappin & Webb’s flagship on Regent Street was hit by a smash and grab raid at around 7.20pm last night (October 9).
According to police, six robbers, wielding a machete and a hammer, made off with a high-value haul after smashing cabinets at the Aurum-owned store.
Having arrived on three mopeds the gang abandoned one at the scene, before crashing the second into a pedestrian during an erratic escape, which meant all six made a getaway on a single moped.
Pictures from the scene show smashed windows and cabinets, and the shop’s large doors were flung open as smoke filled the store.
So far no arrests have been made and police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
DC Matt Hollands from the Met’s Flying Squad reveals: “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.
The flagship boutique remains closed following the dramatic raid.