Appeal for witnesses after 'smash and grab' raid at Brent Cross Shopping Centre
06 November 2012
Brent Cross Shopping Centre, north London.
Flying Squad detectives have now taken over the investigation of a 'smash and grab' robbery this morning, Tuesday 6 November at north London shopping centre and are re-iterating appeals for witnesses and information.
Police were called shortly after 10:15hrs today, Tuesday 6 November to reports of a robbery at Fraser Hart jewellers, inside Brent Cross Shopping Centre.
It is understood that six suspects travelling on three motorbikes, rode into the shopping centre via the entrance next to New Look.
Armed with what appears to be axes and bats, three pillion passengers got off the bikes and ran on foot towards the ground floor jewellery store.
They then smashed glass windows displaying watches and jewellery - a quantity of which were stolen. The three men then fled back to their awaiting motorbikes and drivers and drove in the direction of Hendon Central.
The motorbikes were found abandoned approximately 15 minutes later on Ashley Walk in Mill Hill near to a golf course.
All of the men were wearing dark clothing and crash helmets with the visors down.
Nobody was injured, however an elderly man, a member of the public, was treated for shock at the scene.
Detective Chief Inspector Harry Hennigan, who is now leading the investigation for the Flying Squad, echoed what Detective Superintendent Mark Strugnell from Barnet Borough had said this morning:
"We are appealing to anyone who may have seen the of events at the Brent Cross shopping centre this morning when the jewellers was robbed having only just opened its doors to it's first shoppers.
"We are also appealing to anyone who may have seen the three motorbikes being driven from Brent Cross to Mill Hill. We urge anyone with information to call our incident room."
Anyone with information is asked to the Flying Squad on 020 8358 1751 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
No arrests, enquiries continue.