The Flannels ram-raid occurred on Monday 20th August at around 9 pm in Leeds city centre.
A third Flannels ram-raid was witnessed as a Nissan Qashqai was ploughed through the glass front in Leeds city centre. West Yorkshire police reported receiving a call at 9:05 pm with the disturbance of the car smashing through a shop window.
The unfortunate Leeds department store was targeted for a third time within less than a year in a series of ram-raid incidents. The first was on New Year’s Eve (last year) where a Vauxhall Astra was used in the ram-raid.
The next was in June, with a transit van, where a spree of ram-raids occurred throughout Leeds city centre various retail stores [Read more here].
Flannels, the high-end designer retail store has been very unfortunate in its trouble with ram-raid robberies. This occurrence saw four suspects in masks, ram a stolen black Nissan into the shop window, three of which then loaded the shop merchandise into two other vehicles. It has been reported that the thieves stole approximately ‘tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of clothing.
The Nissan used to break into the store was then abandoned at the scene, as the suspects fled via a black BMW 4×4 and a red Mercedes hatchback.
After hearing of the disturbance, the police quickly dispatched to the location of disruption. However, the thieves had successfully made off with the goods before the police had arrived.
A 24-year-old man has since been remanded in police custody in connection to the ram-raid robbery.
Amanda Wimbles, CID Detective Inspector has reported on the case:
“We are carrying out extensive enquiries into this incident which has clearly been a planned and organised offence.
“We are currently carrying out checks on CCTV in the area and conducting enquiries around the vehicles involved.”
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Original Sources: BBC News | LeedsLive | Yorkshire Evening Post