The Apple Store in London’s Covent Garden has fallen victim to a smash-and-grab raid in the early hours of this morning (10 October).
Two people are being held on suspicion of burglary following the incident, in which one of the store's windows was smashed and a haul of Apple devices, including valuable iPads, were stolen.
According to Press Association reports, it is believed around seven masked raiders riding mopeds and motorcycles were involved in the incident at the store, which opened a year ago in the Central London tourist spot as the tech giant’s biggest showroom in the world.
The Metropolitan Police said that the suspects were all wearing full crash helmets and most, if not all of the motorbikes were carrying a pillion passenger.
Shortly after the incident, officers in Islington spotted a moped believed to be involved with the raid and unsuccessfully attempted to stop it. A similar vehicle has been found abandoned at Wyclif Court, in St John Street, Islington.
A 16-year-old boy and 21-year-old man were arrested at the scene on suspicion of burglary.
Property, believed to be stolen from the store, was found in bags in their possession, Scotland Yard said. Both suspects are in custody at a north London police station.
Detective Sergeant Nathan Tozer of Westminster CID said: ‘Although two men are in custody on suspicion of burglary, the inquiry continues and other persons are sought. It is essential that anyone who saw the smash-and-grab, or the suspects making off, contact us as soon as possible.’