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Hammer-wielding moped night gang in Waitrose tobacco raid

Thieves smash large pane of glass and make off toward Kilburn with haul of cigarettes

19 January, 2018 — By Tom Foot

The smashed window at the front of Waitrose

HAMMER wielding moped thieves smashed the front window of Finchley Road Waitrose in the early hours of this morning and cleaned-out the tobacco section.

Met Police said they were called to the “aggravated burglary” at 2.25am following reports that three men in motorcycle helmets – one carrying a hammer – had raided the flagship store.

Staff said almost all the cigarettes from the kiosk had been taken.

The tobacco thieves entered by smashing a large pane of glass that was being replaced this morning.  They made a getaway towards Kilburn, police said.

The cigarette shelves were empty this morning

A Met statement added:  “Staff were present at the store but did not come into contact with the suspects. No-one was injured.  Officers were called at 02.25hrs on Friday, 19 January to a supermarket in Finchley Road, NW3 to reports of a burglary.”

There have been no arrests. Anyone with information about the burglary can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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