Shocking moment smash-and-grab thugs armed with sledgehammers use moped to ram open doors of Oxford Street jewellers then flee with handfuls of luxury watches
-Group of six brandishing sledgehammers and swords ransacked high-end store
-Riding three mopeds, the group launched smash-and-grab raid at 9.51am today
-No arrests have been made and police have cordoned off the shop and pavement
A moped gang armed with sledgehammers and swords have broken into a luxury watch shop on Oxford Street.
Six thieves wearing black helmets and motorcycle gear stormed Watches of Switzerland this morning, stealing an unknown amount of high-end jewellery.
Using a red moped as a battering ram, they forced open the shop doors before ransacking the department store.
Two robbers, whose faces were obscured by motorcycle helmets, burst into the store – after one moped was used to ram the front door open.
Once inside, the pair spent just a minute ransacking display cabinets as four others remained on the pavement armed with machetes and an axe.
The gang were filmed in broad daylight appearing to confront bystanders during the brazen raid on the capital’s busiest shopping street.
At one point, the duo inside the store appear to be trapped, forcing the thieves to ram the door again with another moped.
Moments later the pair escape with one thief clutching a black-coloured rucksack, seemingly stuffed with stolen loot.
The gang then fled along Oxford Street on three mopeds, leaving one red-coloured vehicle abandoned at the store’s entrance.
Footage captured inside the store, which was filled with smoke, showed two sledgehammers scattered on the floor.
Display cabinets were seen smashed with a number of watches seemingly snatched from them.
Police confirmed they were called to reports of a robbery.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called to a commercial property in Oxford Street at 9.51am on Saturday, April 7 to reports of a robbery in progress.
“Officers attended. At this early stage it is believed that a number of persons on mopeds, possibly armed with metal bars, forced entry to the door of the venue and may have stolen stock from within.
“No persons are thought to have been injured during the incident.
“Officers remain at the venue and a crime scene is in place.”
Another Watches of Switzerland store, in nearby Regent Street, was targeted in a similar daytime raid just weeks before today’s robbery.
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