Moped gang stole designer handbags

Detectives have released CCTV footage of a moped gang stealing handbags from a designer shop in west London.

At 11:58pm on Monday, 20 February, nine suspects on five mopeds parked outside the Michael Kors store on Duke of York Square in Chelsea.

As one of the suspects threw a brick at the window, another suspect used a stick to smash it. The remaining suspects kicked the window in and as some of the suspects went into the store to remove handbags, others remained outside before riding off with the stolen goods.

All of the suspects fled west along Kings Road.

A CCTV camera overlooking the store captured the moment the gang broke the window and the burglary.

Detectives from Kensington and Chelsea have made six arrests in connection with the investigation.

A 23-year-old man was subsequently charged with burglary. The other five were released with no further action.

Detective Constable Sam Weller, of Kensington & Chelsea CID, said: “We are appealing to the public to help us identify this gang. They are responsible for the theft of designer handbags and we would urge anyone with information to contact us.”

Detectives are also investigating whether the same group of people were involved in a burglary that took place at 00:46am on Thursday, 26 October at House of Fraser on Oxford Street. Five suspects used a similar method of entry.

As one of the suspects smashed the shop window glass, the burglars entered the shop and left with designer handbags. All five suspects left on three mopeds.

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact Kensington & Chelsea CID via 101 or by Tweeting @MetCC. 

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org

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