The U.K.’s flagship Apple Store in Regent Street, London was robbed in the early hours of this morning. A security guard was threatened with a hammer, before a group of 10 thieves took off on mopeds with an assortment of iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.
The Metropolitan Police was called at 12.45am on Monday morning, just minutes after the thieves broke into the store to take the devices. Two iPhone X handsets were recovered at the nearby Kings Cross subway station, but the thieves got away.
Despite the raid, the store was open as usual today. There were no signs of visible damage in the store. Apple has so far declined to comment on the incident, which comes at a time when crimes involving moped and scooter thieves in London is on the rise.
Due to the high resale value of their stock, Apple Stores have been targeted frequently by thieves over the years. Back in 2011, a gang of 14 thieves on mopeds raided Apple’s Covent Garden, London, in the early hours of the morning and made off with a handful of valuable Macs and iOS devices.
It’s not just a U.K. phenomenon, either. Late last year, the Apple store in Palo Alto, California, was subject to a brazen attack after a group of thieves in a rented SUV “ram-raided” the store, smashing the 40-foot glass window at the entrance to gain access. They stole iPhones, Macs and other devices before fleeing.
We’ll update this story if there are additional details released about the Regent Street robbery. In the meantime, if you have any knowledge about the crime, make sure to contact the Metropolitan Police.