Appeal following smash and grab burglaries

Detectives are appealing for information following two linked moped-enabled, smash and grab burglaries in central London.

Officers from Westminster Crime Squad are leading the investigating into the burglaries which both happened at department stores in the West End in October.

The first incident happened at the Liberty store in Regent Street, W1 at around 00:30am on Tuesday, 3 October.

Six suspects on three mopeds smashed their way into the venue via a front window with hammers. A large amount of toiletry items were stolen.

Just after 00:45am on Thursday, 26 October, the House of Fraser department store in Oxford Street, W1 was targeted in a similar way. Designer handbags were stolen.

A 25-year-old man has been charged in relation to both incidents, but police are seeking the other suspects involved.

Det Con Victor Barkes, leading the investigation, said: “We have charged one person but we are still looking for outstanding suspects who took part in these brazen burglaries, causing significant criminal damage and making off with goods worth thousands of pounds. If you have any information about these incidents of the people involved, get in touch.”

Anyone with information about these incidents should call Westminster Crime Squad on 020 7321 7527 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Alternatively, information can be tweeted to police @MetCC.

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