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Selfridges robbery: Men admit smash-and-grab watch raid

Sam Curtin (left) and Connor Groake
Image caption Curtin and Groake admitted conspiracy to rob

Two men have admitted targeting London's Selfridges department store in a smash-and-grab raid.

Watches worth £1m were stolen from the store on Oxford Street 6 June.

Sam Curtin, 24, and Connor Groake, 19, both from Islington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and aggravated vehicle-taking and were remanded in custody ahead of sentencing next week.

Up to six people were involved in the robbery and the group wore burkas to hide their identities, police said.

Curtin and Groake will be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on 22 July.

No-one else has been charged over the raid.

Curtin appeared in court on crutches after having broken his leg when the getaway bike on which he was a pillion rider crashed.

Groake was driving the moped, the court heard.

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