The Covert Garden Store has been raided by a group of motorcyclists in a smash and grab robbery, reports Metropolitan Police.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information after a smash-and-grab in central London.
Police were alerted at approx. 01.00hrs this morning (Monday 10 October) to a window broken and property taken from the Apple Store in Covent Garden.
It is believed there were around 7 moped riders / motorcyclists involved, most if not all with a pillion passenger. All persons were in full face crash helmets.
They stole iPads and other similar devices.
Shortly afterwards Islington police saw a moped and followed and attempted to stop it, but it was lost.
A moped was subsequently found abandoned in the vicinity of Wyclif Court, St John Street EC1 – officers saw two men inside the block of flats, and they were pursued on foot and apprehended within the block at approx 01.20hrs.
Some property, believed stolen from the store, was found in bags in their possession.
The men [A – 16 ys; B – 21 ys] are now in custody at a north London police station.
The robbery was first reported by Robert Shoesmith who was just meters away and waiting for the 4S.
“It’s around 1.15 am and the Apple Store in Covent Garden has just been raided! Woke up to hear a load of motor bikes zoom in and then a smash and grab. Alarm going off and police have just got here! Really annoying as I was having an early sleep and was out for the count. Looks like a lot ofcomputers have been stolen with 4 motor bikes. Police are everywhere now! Interesting to see the iPhones and iPads are further away from the front door so if they do get broken into robbers get away with less.”