Watch moment crooks storm Islington shop and steal £25,000 of handbags

"Second man" from Handbag Clinic theft in Islington. Picture: Metropolitan Police

"Second man" from Handbag Clinic theft in Islington. Picture: Metropolitan Police - Credit: Archant

CCTV footage has captured the moment two thieves stormed an Islington shop and stole £25,000 worth of handbags.

"First man" from Handbag Clinic theft in Islington. Picture: Metropolitan Police

"First man" from Handbag Clinic theft in Islington. Picture: Metropolitan Police - Credit: Archant

The recording, issued by police today, shows the first man - a motorcycle pillion passenger still wearing a helmet - enter Handbag Clinic, in Camden Passage.

Going out of shot, the man pulled a knife and metal bar on staff. A second man, also in motorcycle gear, then enters the shop and takes handbags from their displays while the first man took more bags from the back of the shop.

A shopper then enters and was assaulted by both men as they made their getaway towards Charlton Place.

The burglary happened on Thursday, June 9 at about 11.50am and police have launched an appeal for information.


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The first man is described as wearing a two-tone grey top and grey tracksuit bottoms. The second is described as wearing a dark grey helmet, blue jacket and black trousers.

Police want to speak to anyone who may recognise the two men. Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 or 020 7421 0144, quoting reference number 2713934/16. Anyone who wants to be anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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The Gazette has contacted Handbag Clinic for comment.

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