STYLE & BEAUTY
06/07/2013 10:52 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Selfridges Robbery: 'Smash-And-Grab' Leaves British Store Covered In Glass (PHOTOS)

Yet another "fashion heist" has occurred overseas, this time at Selfridges on Oxford Street in London.

The BBC reports that six men cloaked in burqas entered the high-end department store on Thursday during store hours and proceeded to smash several glass cabinets, taking expensive designer watches. The robbery, which occurred around 8:30pm, was caught on tape; there were also plenty of witnesses present, some of whom subsequently tweeted photos of the scene.

The men, armed with axes, were seeing running out of the store after their so-called "smash-and-grab." Two suspects were aprehended after their getaway vehicle, a moped, crashed.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Noyes of London's Metropolitan Police Service told the BBC, "This was a brazen robbery, and appears to have been well planned and thought through."

Oddly enough, this incident closely resembles another Selfridges robbery from September 2012. Masked robbers entered one of Selfridges' Manchester stores during shopping hours and used crowbars to smash through glass display cases and steal 100 designer watches.

It's not known whether that robbery and this most recent one are related. But the London crime comes right on the heels of several other high-profile robberies, including two jewelry thefts at the Cannes Film Festival and a coordinated break-in at Paris' Printemps department store, in which 1 million to 3 million euros worth of jewelry was stolen.

Check out the wild photos of Selfridges after the Thursday night "smash-and-grab."

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