Men in burqas rob London's famous Selfridges store

Men in burqas rob London's famous Selfridges store

Six men, reportedly dressed in burqas, and armed with axes have carried out a Hollywood-style "smash-and-grab" robbery at one of London's most iconic department stores and made off with a number of high value watches.

According to Scotland Yard, the robbers, smashed glass cabinets at the Selfridges department store to steal high value watches.

The group of men fled the shop and are reported to have made their getaway on mopeds and motorbikes, ridden by associates.

Two suspects were later arrested when they came off a moped and members of the public stopped them fleeing.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad are investigating the incident."This was a brazen robbery, and appears to have been well planned and thought through. Fortunately no one was injured. The store was very busy and this will have been a shocking thing for people to witness," Detective Chief Inspector Andy Noyes, from the Met's Flying Squad, said.

"I'd like to thank those members of the public who stepped in and detained our two suspects. Their quick thinking and brave actions have helped our investigation," he added.

Police have recovered a number of watches from near the scene of the crash.One of the men was arrested in connection with the robbery and taken to a central London police station where he remains in custody.

The second man was taken to a central London hospital, believed to be suffering from a fractured leg.

Two other motorbikes, believed to have been used in the gang's getaway, have been recovered by police in the Paddington area.

A message posted on Selfridges' Twitter feed read: "Hi, we just want to let you know that everyone is safe and the police are investigating. We will update you once we have more information."

The raid took place 30 minutes before the world famous department store was due to close at 2100 local time yesterday.

Onlookers posted photographs of the scene on Twitter, including one showing tiny pieces of broken glass and another showing two axes.

Sally Boazman, who was in the store when the raid happened said, "Suddenly I saw hundreds of people running to the door. People started to panic. It was a real panic situation."

The flagship store in London's Oxford Street is the second largest shop in the UK after the equally famous Harrods.

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