The man was outside a jewelers near Buckingham Palace when a gang started a break and grab raid. Four suspects – two on a moped and two on a motorcycle – had pulled up to H Stain jewelers on Victoria Street and used axes and sledgehammers to smash windows and grab items on display.
A man of 18 years old was arrested by police on distrusted of robbery and he was taken into custody at a central London police station. The eyewitness, who asked not to be identified, told the Daily Telegraph it was “like watching a scene from a Guy Ritchie movie”.
He said: “These guys screamed up on the scooters and two of the pillion passengers jumped off and tried to smash their way into the displays with yellow axes. I think they grabbed a few watches.
“I waited for a second because I wasn’t sure they had guns and when they tried to zoom off I grabbed one who was driving by the hoodie.”Not putting his hoodie up was a fatal mistake as it gave me something to get hold of.”He swore at me and I managed to yank him off his machine. I thought ‘this is my bloody city – why should thugs like this get away with it?’
The rider’s side-seat passenger was able to flee on foot into Lower Grosvenor Place, where he called a black cab outside the Robin Hotel and escaped. The other two suspects left on a green Triumph motorbike which was later found abandoned in Eaton Square, Belgravia.
Scotland Cope has no idea about the escaped suspects. Any witnesses or anyone that could assist police are asked call on 101