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Smash-and-grab raiders reverse car into Selfridges

High-value handbags are stolen from famous Oxford Street department store

19 November, 2018 — By Tom Foot

WEST End smash-and-grab thieves tried out a new tactic this week when they reversed a car into Selfridges.

The gang of four had arrived in two cars and one was used to reverse into the famous department store in Oxford Street.

They stole high-value handbags before escaping in the other car at around 4.15am on Tuesday.

DC Tom Aylward from Westminster CID said: “This raid was targeted and lasted a matter of minutes. My team is busy collecting witness accounts and recovering vital CCTV footage of the burglary at the store and of the suspects leaving the scene.

“Thankfully nobody was injured. I’d like to appeal for those who may have been in the area at the time and 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 may have.

“All the suspects were males – at this time we are still trying to establish a full description.”

The Met said a security guard tried to stop the group but one of the suspects “brandished a knife”. A second security guard was driven at, police added.

The getaway car, a white VW Golf, headed north before turning left into Wigmore Street, Marylebone. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

West End thieves normally arrive on mopeds and smash windows of luxury stores with hammers before driving off.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 ref CAD 761/13 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also tweet information to @MetCC.

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