CCTV Shows Dorchester Hotel Sledge Hammer Raid In Progress
Wednesday 11th June 2014
Detectives from the Flying Squad have issued CCTV images of the suspects wanted in connection with a smash and grab at the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane.
Police on patrol in Westminster came across the robbery in progress at the hotel at around 01.37am yesterday.
Six men on three mopeds pulled up outside the hotel and three of the men made their way inside with sledge hammers. They smashed a number of display cabinets containing watches and jewellery and stole a number of items before fleeing the scene.
Officers attempted to follow the mopeds but lost sight of them in the Shaftesbury Avenue area.
A short while later officers came across a 25-year-old woman who had been hit by one of the mopeds in Cambridge Circus. The moped fled the scene without stopping.
The woman was taken to a south London hospital with leg injuries and has since been discharged.
No arrests have been made.
Detective Constable Alex Flanagan said: We continue to appeal for witnesses and information following the robbery yesterday. I hope that images released today will provide us with the information we need in order to progress this investigation.
“We are in the early stages of our investigation and I would like to hear from anyone who was on Park Lane or nearby who may have seen the robbery or the men making their escape.
“Likewise I am keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the accident that took place in Cambridge Circus.
"This was a well planned and thought through robbery and there may be people who know who is responsible and I keen for those with any information no matter how small to come forward and assist us with our investigation.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.