Ten suspects on five mopeds launched a mass raid on the Apple store in Regent Street in London 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 inside.
The suspects were described as wearing dark clothing. Two security guards were threatened with hammers. The man who threatened the guards was described as black. The moped gang got away within seconds. A scooter left abandoned inside the glass doors of the store. Detectives are examining CCTV images of the incident and appealed for witnesses today.
The Apple store robbed in London
The Apple store on Regent Street was fully operational later on Monday morning in the British capital. This is not an isolated case. Scooters and mopeds are on the rise in London.The raid comes one month after a gang of thieves riding mopeds attacked a high-end jeweler's in the same street. In this year to September, there were more than 19,385 "moped enabled" crimes in the capital, an average of 53 a day, including thefts and robberies. Scooter criminals normally travel in pairs with a passenger sitting behind the driver, targeting busy areas where they can snatch high-value smartphones. Last month, a moped gang that robbed more than 100 people, including former Chancellor George Osborne, was jailed.