Armed gang takes £500,000 of watches in Oxford Street raid

  • 1 February 2014
  • From the section London
The smashed cabinets at the store
Image caption No shots were fired during the raid on the luxury store

A gang armed with guns stormed into a watch shop in London's West End, taking with them goods worth an estimated £500,000, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police were called to the raid at Watches of Switzerland on Oxford Street just after 17:30 GMT on Thursday.

One man armed with a shotgun threatened staff as two others smashed display cases with hammers.

No shots were fired and no-one was injured in the raid, which is being investigated by the Flying Squad.

Image caption Three armed men threatened staff and made off with watches worth £500,000

The men ran off down Duke Street in the direction of Grosvenor Square. No arrests have been made.

Student Lara Dos Santos tweeted: "I'm actually shaking from seeing this! Armed robbery in Swiss watch store at this time in Oxford street.

"I actually couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the three armed guys all in black ... Scene from a movie," she wrote minutes after witnessing the attack.

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