Forensic investigations after 'organised' ram-raid theft at Louis Vuitton in Leeds

The Louis Vuitton Store in Briggate, Leeds. Picture: Google.
The Louis Vuitton Store in Briggate, Leeds. Picture: Google.
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Detectives are carrying out forensic investigations after thieves ram-raided a luxury city centre store in Leeds.

The suspects repeatedly reversed a silver Subaru car into the front of the Louis Vuitton store, on Briggate, before stealing items on display inside.

The Louis Vuitton Store in Briggate, Leeds.

The Louis Vuitton Store in Briggate, Leeds.

They then fled the scene in a green Audi, leaving the Subaru behind.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who witnessed the theft, which happened at around 9pm last night (Sunday).

The crash destroyed a section of the shop's frontage.

Officers recovered the Subaru, registration W359 CYG, and are now carrying out forensic examinations to find out more details.

Detective Inspector Charlotte Hails, of Leeds District CID, said: "This has clearly been a planned and organised offence targeting high value goods in the store. 

"Given its prominent location in the city centre and the dramatic circumstances, the incident was witnessed by a number of people. 

"We have spoken to a number of witnesses but are still keen to hear from anyone who saw any part of the incident, particularly if they filmed or photographed what was happening on their phones. 

"We are carrying out extensive enquiries around both vehicles involved and would like to hear from anyone who has seen the silver Subaru, registration W359 CYG, in the time leading up to the incident or who has seen the green Audi after it left the scene."

Det Insp Hails said anyone who is offered Louis Vuitton goods for sale in suspicious circumstances should contact police. 

She added: "An offence of this nature targeting premises in the city centre is relatively unusual but will have caused understandable concern, and our colleagues in the city neighbourhood team will be working to provide suitable support and reassurance to businesses and the community." 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting log number 1944 of April 9 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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