8 Jun 2013

Armed gang robs Selfridges

6:54 am on 8 June 2013

Six men dressed in burqas and brandishing axes have pulled off an audacious smash-and-grab robbery at London's world-famous Selfridges department store.

The men entered the Oxford Street store on Thursday night dressed as women in full Islamic veils before pulling out axes and smashing up a number of glass cabinets containing high-value watches, police said.

They made off with their loot on mopeds and motorbikes ridden by getaway drivers, AFP reports.

Two suspects came off a moped a few streets away, and were tackled to the ground by passers-by before being arrested.

"Members of the public prevented them from leaving until officers arrived on the scene," police said.

Selfridges later tweeted nobody was hurt during the robbery and said it would be open for business as usual on Friday.

Police confirmed one of the men arrested was in custody and the other had been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Several watches were recovered from the scene of the crash.

Two other motorbikes believed to have been used in the robbery were found in another part of London.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Noyes said police were studying closed-circuit television footage from the area.

"This was a brazen robbery, and appears to have been well planned and thought through. Fortunately no one was injured," he said.

"The store was very busy and this will have been a shocking thing for people to witness."