A gang of smash-and-grab raiders struck high-end jewellers Tiffany & Co in Knightsbridge, one of London's most exclusive areas.
A tipper truck ploughed through the shop's reinforced front window before the gang ransacked the store, fleeing with vast amounts of precious jewels on mopeds shortly before 3am GMT — the van was left crashed into the building.
A property manager for the store said they were "absolutely shocked" that "such a fundamentally strong security system" failed to prevent the robbers accessing the building.
"It would have quite a big, big force. I'm shocked. The security system must be absolutely impeccable," they added.
While the police haven't identified any suspects yet, fingerprints were apparently left inside the store, and footprints on the pavement outside the smashed front are said to have had distinctive tread patterns from Nike Air Force and Air Max 97 trainers.
#Kensington— London 999 Feed (@999London) April 26, 2019
Met police are investigating after a ‘smash and grab’ in the early hours at Tiffany & Co on Sloane Street, #Chelsea, #SW1.
Scotland Yard say police were called just before 3.00am to a transit van which had driven into the luxury jewellery’s shop front.
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"Police were called at 02:56hrs on Friday, 26 April to Sloane Street SW1 following reports of a smash and grab at a jewellers. A transit van is reported to have driven into the shop front before a number of accompanying mopeds stole a quantity of items from the shop window. All those involved then fled. The transit van was left at the scene. No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.