Six flee on mopeds after armed raid at Regent Street jewellers
The thieves made off with a high-value haul after smashing cabinets at the store.
Police are hunting for a gang who fled on mopeds after a smash-and-grab raid at a high-end jewellers in central London.
Officers believe six culprits were involved in the raid at Mappin & Webb in Regent Street at around 7.20pm on Monday.
Three suspects are believed to have smashed display cabinets to escape with a high-value haul, after a hammer, axe and bats were used to break in to the store.
Three accomplices waited outside on revved-up scooters throughout the raid, police said.
The group – two on each moped – fled the scene in three separate directions.
One pair fled in the direction of Oxford Street before their scooter was involved in a collision with a pedestrian. The female pedestrian was not seriously injured and did not require hospital treatment.
A cyclist also swerved to avoid the scooter and crashed into a wall but suffered only minor injuries.
There have been no reports of any other injuries.
The scooter involved in this collision was abandoned, while another scooter was later found outside the store where the original burglary took place.
Both scooters have been seized for forensic testing.
DC Matt Hollands from the Met’s Flying Squad said: “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.”
There have been no arrests, police added.