What is the quickest way for robbers to hit up a five-star hotel? With sledgehammers, of course. Reports confirm that robbers who are wielding sledgehammers are hitting some of the best five-star hotels in the UK. Police say that they believe that the robbers are a group of six men.
These robbers showed up at Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair on Tuesday. It was here that they were able to quickly smash five different glass displays in the foyer and make off with tens of thousands of pounds in watches and jewellery. The break-in happened at around 1:30 a.m.
Police in Mayfair said that the heist was very well planned and that the robbers looked like professionals. The police were able to get there as the robbers were leaving, but the getaway drivers, who were on bikes, were able to shake off all pursuing officers. One of the bikers hit a 25-year-old woman in Cambridge Circus as he made his getaway. The lady was taken to the hospital for leg injuries.
The goods that the robbers made off with were located in the main lobby of the hotel. They sit just beyond where the reception area is and in front of where the lifts take guests to their hotel rooms. Some of the watches that they took were Brequet and Hublot watches, which range in price from £6,500 to £31,700 each.
The sledgehammer gang was also able to break into a cabinet that had high-end jewellery designed by American Harry Winston inside. This same designer has a flagship store located on New Bond Street in London. The robbers missed a lot of other jewellery in other cabinets. It is believed that they did not have time to hit those cabinets. It appears like they gave themselves a time limit to get in and out.
A detective from Scotland Yard said that they are on the case and investigating the robbery. This was a smash and grab that happened in the early hours of the morning at the Dorchester Hotel. A police officer who was on patrol in Westminster was the first to get to the robbery. The officer got there around 1:37 a.m. Officers did give chase but lost sight of the robbers around Shaftesburry Avenue. For now, police will not be talking about the value of the items that have been taken.
One guest who was staying at the hotel, who did not want to be named, said that all signs of the robbery were already swept away by the time he got down for breakfast. He said that the hotel staff dealt with it pretty quickly considering the heist that took place.