Robbery at Carphone Warhouse store in Romford


Four men steal around 30 phones from the Eastern Avenue store, in a robbery staff say is the tenth in three months

Four men robbed a Carphone Warehouse store in Romford today (October 18), taking between 25 and 30 smartphones.

The men entered the store on Eastern Avenue at around 15:50 today and ripped the devices, which included the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy SIII, from a wall display before leaving the store.

Tablets including the iPad 2 were also on display and are thought to have been taken.

Three of the thieves took demonstration handsets off the wall, with the fourth keeping watch at the shop’s entrance.

There were a few customers inside the shop during the robbery, including a man on crutches. A woman was about to enter the shop but turned away when she realised it was being robbed.

Store staff, who were told by the men not to move during the incident, said afterwards it was the tenth time it has been robbed of stock in the past three months. The spate began after the shop started displaying wireless devices.

A witness who contacted Mobile News minutes after the event said: “The staff felt helpless. I think they were just in shock. It’s remarkable, it happened in broad daylight.

“They stood there as if they were looking at the wall, then started ripping these phones off.”

The witness said the men who robbed the store were unarmed, were not wearing masks or hoods, and were not violent. The shop has CCTV.

The shop is sandwiched between a Currys and a Burger King on a busy industrial estate on the A12.