On Tuesday morning, six robbers rode tasty motorcycles through London’s Brent Cross mall on their way to a smash and grab at jewelry store Fraser Hart. There, three of the robbers filled bags with $3.1 million worth of Rolex and Cartier watches, while the three getaway riders kept potential heroes at bay with an axe.
One of the guys on guard duty started smashing 2nd-floor glass railings before his antsy partner told him to chill out.
The bikes involved were all excellent — a KTM 690 Supermoto, a Triumph 675 Daytona, and a Triumph Speed Triple (we’d pick the Supermoto and back-it-in during the getaway). It’s likely all three were stolen — motorcycle theft is a huge problem in the UK, with 22,000 motorcycles stolen each year.
This is the latest in a string of similar incidents. Organized gangs in London have identified motorcycles as excellent getaway vehicles, enabling them to quickly flee through the city’s gridlocked traffic. Bikes are such a popular form on transportation there that, even two-up, they’re able to quickly blend in, while full gear enables them to hide their identities, intimidate passers by and protect themselves from broken glass and would-be heros.