Apple’s flagship London store ransacked by moped gang


Apple Store Regent St LondonLeon
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  • Ten thugs on five mopeds raided Apple’s flagship store
    on Regent Street at around 12:40 am this
  • Security guards were threatened with hammers by the
  • The store opened as usual this morning with no sign of
    the raid for morning shoppers. 

Ten thugs on five mopeds launched a mass raid on the Apple store
in Regent Street early today snatching thousands of pounds worth
of laptops and iPads.

The gang struck in the early hours driving a high powered scooter
through the glass front doors of the store before storming

Two security guards tried to intervene but they were threatened
with hammers by the gang who were inside the premises for less
than three minutes.

Police said they were first called at 12.42 am to reports of a
robbery in Regent Street.

Witnesses said the gang posted look-outs outside as several of
the group ran inside and snatched items on display stands before
escaping on waiting mopeds.

Early today forensic experts were examining the scooter left
abandoned inside the glass doors of the store.

Detectives are examining CCTV images of the incident and appealed
for witnesses today.

The raid comes as police are battling an epidemic of moped
related thefts and raids across London.

This morning there was no sign of the raid and the store was open
as usual.

One customer Hajra Ali, 37, from Ilford, said: “Moped attacks
have got really, really bad and I’m not surprised this happened.
I don’t know what the Met is doing about it.

“There have been loads of moped attacks in my area, they even use
them for house break ins. They break into the front door, one
goes inside to grab what they want and then they get out. There
are always two of them on each moped.

“There have been lots of acid attacks too, I’ve heard really
scary stories in our area.”

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