Security guard threatened with hammer in moped gang's Apple store raid

Security guard threatened with hammer in moped gang's Apple store raid”

A security guard was threatened with a hammer as 10 thieves smashed into Apple's Regent Street store before making off on mopeds with iPhones, iPads and watches.

Early today forensic experts were examining the scooter left abandoned inside the glass doors of the store.

The Metropolitan Police said that it received reports of an aggravated burglary at the store at 12:45am on Monday.

It is thought that five mopeds were used in the theft with at least three seen waiting outside the store.

Detectives are investigating the CCTV recordings of the incident. The mopeds are then seen driving off northbound.

One customer Hajra Ali, 37, from Ilford, said: "Moped attacks have got really, really bad and I'm not surprised this happened".

"There have been loads of moped attacks in my area, they even use them for house break ins".

In the year to September, there were more than 19,385 "moped-enabled" crimes in the capital - an average of 53 a day.

The store opened as usual this morning with no sign of the raid for morning shoppers.

At the end of last month, Scotland Yard revealed that it was using a special spray to "tag" moped-riding criminals after a surge in offences perpetrated using the vehicles. The bikes are part of their new tactics revealed on October 31 to deal with the rising number moped criminals.

No arrests have been made, and the police could not confirm the value of the stolen goods.

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe helped a tourist who was slashed in the face by muggers on a moped this July.

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