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A gang of moped-riding, hammer-wielding thieves raided a London Apple store early Monday morning.
According to reports, a group of 10 suspects drove high-powered scooters through the glass front doors, threatened two security guards with mallets, and stole thousands of pounds worth of iDevices.
Local police were called to the Regent Street store around 12:45 a.m. Hours later, the flagship location was fully operational “with no visible damage,” the BBC said .
Miah Mohammad Sheful, who was waiting nearby for a bus, captured grainy video of the break-in, which he said took several attempts. Passing cars honked their horns in an attempt to scare off the burglars.
The robbers reportedly rode in on five motorbikes, but left with only four. Forensic experts examined an abandoned bike found inside the store, according to the Evening Standard ; meanwhile, detectives are combing through CCTV images of the incident.
There is no word on exactly which and how many devices were stolen, or how much damage was inflicted. Two iPhone Xs were later recovered near Kings Cross.
Neither Apple nor the Metropolitan Police Service immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment.
This is just the latest in a string of moped-related thefts across London.
In October, a motorbike-riding gang attacked a Regent Street jewelers, making off with a “high-value haul,” the BBC reported. And a brave truck driver recently blocked a ring of thieves from escaping a busy London street with a stolen scooter.
“There have been loads of moped attacks in my area, they even use them for house break-ins,” Apple customer Hajra Ali told the Evening Standard . “They break into the front door, one goes inside to grab what they want and then they get out. There are always two of them on each moped.”
Between January and September, the Metropolitan Police counted more than 19,385 “moped-enabled” crimes in the capital city, according to the BBC. That’s an average of 53 per day.
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