Men armed with axes and mallets stormed and raided storied London department store Selfridges Thursday evening in a botched robbery attempt. While customers were still shopping on the floor.
The robbers arrived at the Oxford Street flagship on mopeds, stormed in through the entrance, shattered multiple glass cases filled with jewelry and watches, and made off with the items. Two of the thieves were detained outside the store after their moped skidded when they tried to flee the scene. One was dressed in a burka, the other hid behind a motorcycle outfit-helmet included, and both were pinned down by bystanders until authorities arrived at the scene. BBC News reports the two were arrested, although it still remains unclear how many thieves were involved in the robbery. One official said the robbery seemed "well planned and thought through."
Selfridges shared this tweet immediately following the incident:
Hi, we just want to let you know that everyone is safe and the police are investigating. We will update you once we have more information.— Selfridges.com (@Selfridges) June 6, 2013