London police units are investigating three robberies in Orange and Carphone Warehouse outlets across the city. Police said an Orange store in Chiswick, West London, was robbed on March 27 as store staff were pulling down the shutters to close the store.
According to police reports, two masked men entered the store brandishing a firearm and assaulted staff before making off with around 60 handsets, two laptops and a sum of cash.
On the morning of April 17, an Orange store in Kilburn, North London, was robbed by two males who forced their way past staff through the back door of the premises. They took 78 handsets and five laptops.
A Carphone Warehouse store in Barnes, West London, was also robbed on March 31 near closing time. Four men with a knife seized 66 handsets before escaping in two vehicles.
Police said they did not believe the crimes were linked. They also warned store staff to remain vigilant.
Detective Inspector Stephen Leonard from the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit said: “Thankfully, these cases are rare. However I would ask that staff at mobile phone shops are vigilant, particularly towards the end of a day’s trading.
“If they see anything suspicious, they should report this immediately to police.”
A Carphone Warehouse spokesman said: “The welfare and security of our employees is paramount to us. We have security measures in place and are constantly working with the police to ensure we take all necessary precautions to best protect our employees and mitigate the risk of in-store theft and robbery.”