Armed moped gang raid luxury watch shop in London’s West End
The robbers smashed a window at The Hour House in Duke Street, Westminster, before stealing stock and fleeing.
Moped-riding armed robbers have targeted a luxury watch shop in London’s West End.
The front window was smashed at The Hour House, in Duke Street, near Oxford Street, while a moped was left abandoned on the pavement.
Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews was in the shop with two friends when he was forced to hide in the vault as the robbers struck.
All C/S's be aware, a ram raid at "The Hour House" on Duke Street has just taken place. One moped left at scene but mention of three mopeds in total with possibly 4 offenders, looks like all have got away, not sure what was taken. pic.twitter.com/jxDj3AgxNx— Steve Bowley (@SteveBowley1) May 28, 2019
In a post on Instagram he said: “I just had to hide in a safe. More like a vault downstairs while this watch shop The Hour House on Duke Street got smashed to pieces by armed robbers.”
He posted pictures on the social media site of the glass-strewn shop and smashed cabinets. Matthews described the robbers wielding “huge jack hammers”.
The socialite said: “These guys drive a scooter through the glass and start battering the shop with hammers, big huge hammers, wearing helmets.
“We’re in the back of the shop looking at them, sprint downstairs, hide in the vault until all the noise passes. Come upstairs and the place is just battered. Like I mean Gonzo. All the watches gone.”
He and his friends began looking for the “vintage piece” that Matthews had been hoping to collect.
The 30-year-old went on: “We were looking around and I’m just thinking f**king hell the thing that I’ve been waiting for has obviously just been nicked so I’m going to have to go and get another one.
“Lo and behold we look around and on the floor amongst all the rubble and the glass and stuff there’s one watch in the entire shop and it’s mine. Now if that’s not luck I don’t know what is.”
The Metropolitan Police Twitter account for Westminster @MPSWestminster said that officers were called at around 10.32am on Tuesday.
A series of tweets read: “A number of males armed with weapons are reported to have driven to the premises on mopeds and smashed a window before stealing goods and fleeing.
“Officers attended, including specialist firearms colleagues.
“A man aged in his 30s has been treated by LAS for an eye injury sustained after the shop window was smashed.
“At this stage there have been no arrests.
“Anyone who has information that could assist police is asked to call 101 ref CAD 2222/28 May.”