F.J. BRAVINGTON Ltd.
Wardour Street, Soho, London
NEW FASHION IN RAIDS
JEWELLER S GRILLE TORN FROM ITS SOCKET
New methods of smash-and-grab were listed by motor bandits in London recently when they attached a hook to the grille guarding jewels in a window, and then drove away, pulling the grille out of its sockets.
The premises were those of Messrs F. J. Bravinigton, Ltd., Wardour street, Soho, and the bandits imprisoned most of the staff.
Driving in a red saloon car, the raiders had brought with them hooks and ropes. While the staff was inside they tied up the door, one end of the rope being fastened to the door and the other end to a hook in the wall.
The bandits then smashed the window and secured a hook in the grille which protects the main display of jewellery. Next they tied the other end of the rope to the car and the grill was practically torn completely from its fastenings as they drove away.
A large number of people had collected and the bandits, becoming alarmed, disappeared among the crowd. Had the raid been successful, jewellery valued at over £3000 would have been stolen. As is happened, the bandits dropped some of the articles which they had seized. These were picked up by passers-by.
Source: The Daily Examiner - 4th December 1933