CCTV shows east London warehouse raid

Police hunt masked robbers who tied warehouse worker to a chair, threatened him with a gun and hammer and stole thousands of pounds worth of mobile phones

  • Three armed robbers raided a warehouse in Dagenham earlier this year
  • CCTV footage shows them tying a worker to a chair after threatening him
  • Now Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad have appealed for information 

Shocking footage shows armed robbers threatening a warehouse worker with a gun and a hammer before tying him up so they could steal mobile phones.

The CCTV video shows three raiders arriving at a warehouse in Dagenham, east London in January before confronting a worker and tying him to a chair. 

The Met Flying Squad, who are investigating the robbery, say the victim was threatened with a hammer while another robber showed him what appeared to be a gun tucked into his trousers.

The trio then made off with a crate of mobile phones and electronic equipment, thought to be worth thousands. 

Five people, aged between 25 and 33, have been arrested and released under investigation as police desperately try to track down the white Ford Transit involved.

CCTV footage shows the moment armed robbers tied up a warehouse worker during a raid

Police have released CCTV images of three robbers they are now hunting over the raid

A police spokesman said: ‘On Sunday, 6 January, a group of three men broke into a warehouse on Messina Way in Dagenham.

‘Upon entry to one of the warehouse bays, one of the men threatened a member of staff with a hammer. They immediately tied his hands and ankles up with black cable ties, and took him through to a secure holding room.

‘The two men sat him on a chair, with one of them showing the warehouse worker what appeared to be the handle of a firearm, which was tucked into his waistband.

‘Boxes of valuable mobile phones, chargers and electrical items were then stolen… the employee sustained no injuries but was left tied up by the suspects; he was able to call for help and was eventually cut free moments later by another member of staff, who then called police.’

Police are looking to track a white Ford Transit van which was used by the three robbers

The Flying Squad, which deal with high value robberies, released two other photos of the men

Detective Constable Conor Lynch, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘The white Ford Transit van seen in the CCTV we have released today has not yet been located as it had false number plates, and tracking it down is essential to our investigation.

‘The victim found himself in a very frightening situation and we will continue to provide support throughout the process.

‘We really need members of the public to look at this footage carefully and come forward if they believe they have any information at all. It could be the piece of evidence we are looking for that helps lead to the conviction of those involved.

‘Those who want to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Flying Squad via 101 quoting reference Cad 5903/06Jan or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The raid happened on this industrial estate in Dagenham, east London earlier this year


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