Crime & the Law

Second smash and grab jewellery scooter raid in 7 days

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to a second violent smash and grab raid in seven days on London high end jewellers using scooters to arrive and leave.

Yesterday lunch-time the Met Police were called to a raid in Mount Street Mayfair.

The previous week scooter raiders attacked Carr Watches and Diamonds in Liverpool Street.

The smash and grabs have been audacious, in broad daylight, on busy streets in front of shoppers and office and retail workers.

The Mayfair attempted robbery at William and Son was thwarted by the stubborn resistance of a security man in his fifties who’s been pictured in some media coverage with a bloodied head.

The Met Police said there were around eight suspects riding scooters attempting to rob the jewellery store.

They left empty handed in the direction of Tottenham Court Road.

The security man was taken to hospital for treatment and his injuries described as ‘non life threatening.’

This is now a Met Police Flying Squad inquiry and anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile there is still an appeal for witnesses to the smash and grab at the City of London jewellers Carr Watches and Diamonds Thursday afternoon 22nd January.

One suspect has been arrested, charged, appeared in court, and is now in custody.

This smash and grab took place around 2.30 pm.

When police arrived two men escaped on their scooters, but the third was tackled by a member of the public until a machete was produced, and soon after used to threaten a pursuing unarmed and plain-clothes police officer.

This encounter was recorded by smartphone video and published in the media.

City of London police said:

A man was later arrested in Gravel Lane and the machete was recovered. The man has now been charged with conspiracy to rob and threaten a person with a knife/bladed article in a public place and has been remanded in custody.

City of London Police Detective Inspector, Edelle Michaels said:

We would like to appeal to anyone with information, video footage or photos to get in touch by calling 020 7601 2222 or 101. Even the smallest piece of evidence could help us find the two outstanding suspects.

It is also important to remember that the City continues to be a very safe place to live, work and play with one of the lowest crime rates in the country and yesterdays incident was a very rare occurrence. ​​​

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