Tuesday, January 26News For London

London Apple Store Attacked in Moped Smash and Grab

Ten suspects on mopeds smashed into Apple’s flagship store on Regent Street just after midnight Monday morning stealing gadgets worth thousands of pounds.

Police were called at 00:45 AM on Monday, 13 November, to reports of an aggravated burglary, according to the Department of Media and Communication of the Met.

The scene at the Regent Street Apple store 12 hours later (Photo: Jane Bracher)

It is reported that the incident happened around 00:40 AM, when the Apple store on Regent Street was broken into.

Ten suspects on five mopeds were reported to having smashed their way into the store and taking apple products including phones, tablets and Apple watches. Two iPhone ‘X’s were later recovered near Kings Cross.

A security guard in the store was threatened with a hammer as he tried to stop the suspects. They then fled the scene on their mopeds northbound along Regent Street. They were described as wearing dark clothing and the suspect who threatened the guard was described as a black man.

The police are urging anyone with information to call the non-emergency line on 101, anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111, or by tweeting @MetCC.

However, twelve hours later on Monday, everything looked normal at the store, except a single police car parked outside and police inside the store. Security guards, staff and shoppers did not appear to even know that anything had happened.

When asked, one of the store managers who refused to give his name simply answered with “No Comment” when questioned about the incident.

There were no signs of smash outside or inside the store. There was no trace of any broken glass on the floor and the store’s glass doors were still intact.

Last month another similar incident took place on Regent Street when a jeweler’s store was broken into. A surge in similar moped related crimes has been reported across London.

(Sub: Martin Steers)