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WatchCrime: Selfridges burka raid: two men charged

by Philip Kaspar
14 June, 2013
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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

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Following our coverage on WatchCrime of the raid on Selfridges by burka clad raiders last week, The Metropolitan Police has revealed which watches were stolen from Selfridges in London as it launches a fresh appeal into the £1.5 million robbery.

Police confirmed that six men disguised as affluent Arabic women in burkas and designer handbags stole 140 watches from the department store, 40 of which were recovered at the scene by police.

Watches stolen in the raid included models from Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Dreyfuss, Zenith, U-Boat, Raymond Weil, Blancpain, Frederique Constant, Burberry, Bremont, Baume & Mercier and Audemars Piguet.

The smash-and-grab robbery took place a week ago on Thursday, with police called to the scene at 8.30pm, June 6. The Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad are now appealing for fresh information and are asking anyone who believes they might have been offered one of these watches for sale to come forward, or for anyone who filmed the incident.

 “One week on from the audacious robbery that took place in heart of London’s shopping district we are still appealing for help to trace the outstanding suspects wanted in connection with this incident.”

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Noyes from the Flying Squad

“The robbery took place whilst the store was full with shoppers and we still want to hear from anyone who was in or around Selfridges on Thursday June 6 who witnessed the robbery, or may have seen the men in the time running up to the robbery or as they made their escape. This robbery will have taken planning and preparation and there may be people who think they know who was responsible, police need to hear from them.”

In addition to alleged accomplice Connor Groake, 19, who fell off a getaway moped, a second man has been charged over the armed raid.

Scotland Yard have confirmed that Sam Curtin, 24, from Islington, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and aggravated vehicle-taking. He was also apprehended at the scene but was injured and was taken to hospital for treatment for a fractured skull.

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He will appear at Lavender Hill magistrates court today, Friday. Groake, of Wheelwright Street Islington, appeared at Lavender Hill magistrates court on Saturday 8th June facing the same charges. He was remanded in custody to 21st June when he will appear at Kingston Crown Court.

The raiders used the religious garments to disguise themselves and the tools they were carrying during the raid, police said. The six man axe and sledge hammer-wielding group smashed glass cabinets at a pre-arranged moment, then filled holdalls with the watches.

 

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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

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