Selfridges London targeted in smash-and-grab raid
More than £200,000 worth of luxury handbags were stolen from Selfridges London on Tuesday morning in a smash-and-grab attack.
Scotland Yard said four suspects used a car to smash through the front doors of the upmarket department store, before escaping in a white VW Golf with thousands of pounds worth of stock. A £40,000 Gucci handbag and a £20,000 Fendi bag were among the items taken, according to reports.
A security guard tried to stop the group from entering the shop but one of the suspects brandished a knife and he had to withdraw. The gang of thieves drove towards a second security guard with one of the cars.
DC Tom Aylward from Westminster CID said: "This raid was targeted and lasted a matter of 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.
"Thankfully nobody was injured. I'd like to appeal for those who may have been in the area at the time and 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 may have.”
Despite the broken window on the store’s Oxford Street front, Selfridges continued to trade as normal on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the luxury retailer said: “Nobody was injured and the police are investigating.”
Several luxury stores have been targeted by burglars over the last years. Watches of Switzerland, which sells Rolex and Cartier items, was one of the latest victims in June, and Canada Goose and Apple have also been raided.
In October, The New West End Company, which represents hundreds of retailers and businesses in the West End, announced a new partnership with a police force, private sector team and charities, to combat crime in the shopping district.
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