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Grieving Apple Store staff arrived to work this morning to find their Covent Garden shop had been plundered overnight by a biker gang. Two men are being questioned by coppers after the "smash and grab" raid at 1am today, just days after the death of billionaire Apple baron Steve Jobs. Coppers were alerted after a gang of around …

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Biker gang?

Hardly a biker gang with 16 to 21 year olds on mopeds and motorcycles. More like Byker Grove with mopeds than Hell's Angels on Hogs.

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Indeed

I was expecting to here tell of a raid by the H.A., Satan's Slaves, Banditos, Outlaws or some other back-patch crew. Y'know, 1950/60's anarchist, mayhem style-ee.

A moped and two scrotes does not a "biker gang" make.

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Yeah but

this is a 'gang', who happen to be on bikes. (Albeit of the 50-125cc) variety.

With respect to the leather-clad-and-harley-riding lawyers and accountants, there's a big issue with the islington gangs who've worked out that scoots n' tings are nippy, nickable and disposable, and ideal for this kind of shenanigan.

(Given that my commute to Covent Garden takes as long on the 1L bike as it does on the 90cc, I think they've got a point...)

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If they are on scoots...

...then they're Mods, not Rockers. :)

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Re: Biker gang

I was also expecting a tale of Hells Angels or similar. Unfortunately we seem to have some ex Daily Wail personnel writing headlines.

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Yes, a biker gang

Talk about a mass sense of humour failure today. The headline is clearly meant to be a bit of a joke, like many, many other Register headlines before it.

I for one find the description of a group of delinquent spotty youths riding around on mopeds and 125cc bikes as a 'biker gang' to be pretty amusing, and literally it's also true.

As for the one or two people claiming to be offended as they are themselves real 'bikers' ... who knew bikers were such a touchy bunch of cry babies?

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Doesn't read like a joke to me. Reads like the usual media crap that anybody riding a PTW is a "biker". The funny thing is that once upon a time most bikes were ridden by what most people would recognise as bikers (scooters being another matter altogether) these days bikers are in the minority. Most large capacity (say more then half a litre) bikes are ridden by middle aged blokes with a serious mid life crisis. These can be recognised by a colourful paint scheme with leathers to match. Bikers, of course, do tend to wear a leather jacket which matches the paint scheme of their bikes, but only because both happen to be black. And as for their legwear department, I recall Levis introducing black 501s in the eighties. I was puzzled, my 501s had been black for years. Still are.

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I am not a biker

I am nowhere near righteous enough.

I'm a motorcyclist.

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There's a guy camped outside

There's a guy camped outside the Covent Garden store waiting for his iPhone, some pics of the aftermath here:

http://robshoesmith.blogspot.com/2011/10/day-7-apple-store-has-been-robbed-in.html

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Joke

I liked the tosser comment

And I agree with it

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Thing that got me is that he's camped there outside the bloody door, it's all stonework in that area, a load of bikes come hairing through at 1am in the morning and he didn't realise until after they'd started packing the kit on the bikes and were driving off!

I know some people sleep like logs but bloody hell, how dead to the world was he?!

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Mopeds?

It hardly sounds like my idea of a biker gang...

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Biker gang? A bunch of 16 year old chavs on scooters is hardly Sons of Anarchy!

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OMG - Biker Gang score fruit in smash n grab job

"Coppers were alerted after a gang of around seven "moped" riders and motorcyclists, most carrying pillion passengers..."

Hardly the usual profile for a "Biker Gang" mopeds....

But hey maybe im being too picky, they were after all riding two wheeled vehicles and there were more than three of em.

Almost like the old days when anyone wearing a leather and riding a motor bike was a Hells Angel...

<sigh>

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Grieving Apple Store staff??????

Had all their parents died or something?

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Sir

Sorry, I thought you said

"Had all their patents died or something?"

My bad.

It would also be nice to see Mr Plod equally diligent when pursuing burglars of domestic properties as well, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

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Shouldn't that be ...

> after the "smash and grab" raid

smash and fondle?

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EC1? That's the city....

So what your saying, is that this bike gang is a bunch of banker toffs on mopeds nicking iPads? hehehehe, good times :D

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Lots of council estates in EC1

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EC! ==Clerkenwell, close to 'silicon roundabout'

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"Two men are being questioned by coppers after the "smash and grab" raid at 1am today, just days after the death of billionaire Apple baron Steve Jobs."

Sorry, I fail to see the connection.

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@David Evans

Apparently Steve Jobs used to work at Apple. That would be the connection.

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@Lee

so what are you saying Lee, that the death of Steve Jobs caused the smash and grab^H^H^H^Hfondle raid. Nope, I'm with David Evans, I don't see how Job's demise is a factor in the story.

May as well have said that "Two men are being questioned by coppers after the "smash and grab" raid at 1am today, just hours after the Liberian registered container ship Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe reef in the Bay of Plenty".

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Biker gang?

I had visions of decent custom choppers and at least leathers.

But Mopedists? With Hoodies no doubt.

Little bit Daily Mail here, I feel.

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Stinkwheels as they are know

Small and annoying ones, got more rude names for smallish bikes and scooters.

But the Honda C50/70/90 range is OK with Bikers.

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Speaking as a biker I have to say that virtually any powered two wheeler is OK. I even have a little scooter myself, it's great for urban work and is much easier on the environment than any Tesla.

It's the people who ride who can be a problem. The ones getting real bikers a bad name tend to be middle aged sunday and wednesday night riders who usually have a BMW 3 series in the garage along with their race can equipped superbike and hoon about everywhere at full throttle. These are the idiots who annoy everybody by riding dangerously and noisilly everywhere they go and also make up most of the accident statistics by wrapping their P&J round a tree when they exceed the limits of both safety and their ability.

Direct Access is a curse. It allows these idiots to go from driving an average car to riding a high performance bike in a matter of days. They hit their mid-life crisis and decide a bike is just the thing to prove how manly they are. If they had to work their way up the way the rest of us did they would either have a mature attitude to riding or, more likely, not have bothered to take up biking in the first place. Bear in mind that most of these idiots only ride bike because they can't afford a Zonda. Oddly enough Clarkson is right about that particular type of motorcyclist, but he'd know wouldn't he? Him and his Ducati would know.

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@Grease Monkey

Speaking also as a "middle-aged biker" and one who only passed his Direct Access four years ago, I'd just like to say: Nonsense!

It's not the "middle aged" ones I see trying to get their knee down on the A272, nor are they the ones carving across lanes of traffic on the motorway or doing stupid overtakes on blind bends and crossing double white lines or treating the chevron-ed dividing gap between two-way traffic as a "bikers only" lane which they can blast along at stupid speeds blithely trusting that no cager is going to obstruct their path...

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And how can you tell what age they are? It's pretty simple. Get your arse over to the old bike haunts like the Ace or Squires, or some biking event and wait for the blokes on the expensive top end sport bikes and to take their lids off and you'll notice something. All at least forty, and why would that be? Because they are the only people who can afford the bike, the insurance, the matching leathers, the race can and the other stupid matching carbon fibre look accessories. Or rather can afford it AND actually want it. The young 'uns can't afford it and the people who have paid their dues grew out of that years ago.

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@Grease Monkey

Bike haunts? What, you mean like Loomies at the Junction of the A272 and the A32?

Try standing outside there and watch who gets on their bike and then thrashes off down one of those roads like a complete idiot.

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Methinks playing on the "the boss just died" sympathy card is missing on the crims.

They're so dumb and shallow they probably only care that it's the "shiny shiny"; they wouldn't have known who Steve Jobs was, even if he introduced himself.

I wouldn't get so pissed off about thieves if I knew:

a) they actually get caught once in a while

b) they lost a finger every time, triad style. Rather than a commuty sentence they won't turn up to anyway

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Or a hand

Middle eastern style.

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No warranty support, I guess

If they hoisted any cell phones they will have to get them jail broken and the IMEI /MIN reprogrammed and since they are likely Lemon 4's rather than 4S the cost will take a chunk ut of the small price they will get for a hot phone. Could it be they thought Iphone 4S had een released?

If the computers have trace software, and the thieves are smart, a hard drive switch will fix that.

Just shows how far people will go for a little electronic bling.

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You assume that crime is rational or even well paid. It's most likely neither.

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Yeah right

Any self respecting biker gang would be setting fire to mopeds, not letting them join.

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Easy, isn't it?

Hopefully, they were display models, not boxed.

All the plods have to do is wait till some spotty youth rides his bike up to buy a charger for the thing.

Some folks are so fuc*king stupid, they'll be back in a day or two.

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How Inconsiderate!

They could at least have held-off the raid until a suitable mourning period had elapsed - I'd suggest perhaps one-to-two weeks might have been more appropriate.

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The great train robbery it aint

Mopeds!

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"Islington plod chased one moped believed to be involved in the burglary but the rider managed to give them the slip."

Now that made me laugh. Made me think of Rosco P. Coltrane in hot pursuit.

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Quite common actually.

A moped is quite a bit faster than a plod on foot, which is the only thing they have that can follow it down a footpath.

In a "catch me if you can" contest between the plod and a moped rider who knows the area, my money's on the moped every time.

All bets off if they get a chopper up in time.......

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@TeeCee

"All bets off if they get a chopper up in time......."

A chopper? Now THAT would make it a bike gang!

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Sir

Obligatory Die Hard Quote Alert!

"Who's motorcycle is it?

It's not a motorcycle baby, it's a chopper.

Who's chopper is it?

Zed's.

Who's Zed?

Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."

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Headmaster

Right actor, wrong movie...

Pulp Fiction

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Sir

Shit shit shit shit shit..quick, post before anyone else notices...

It was of course, Pulp Fiction...not Die Hard.

But it WAS Bruce Willis at least :D

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It's not a die hard quote- it's from pulp fiction!

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Quote

I'm still waiting for a Die Hard quote. That one was Pulp Fiction. Right guy, wrong movie.

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@TeeCee I like an innuendo as much as the next infantile commentard, but really how would that help them catch a moped?

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In reply to Sir Runcible Spoon.... S P O O O N !

Right bloke wrong film...

Pulp Fiction... baby ;-)

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@Figgus 14:58

"Yippee-kay-ay, Motherfucker!"

There you go |;o)

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morons on mopeds

Criminals, but not particularly morons. I expect iStuff is easier to shift than jewellery, with a better return.

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Paul Kunert

Please try to be a bit more professional in your journalistic writings.

You do yourself no favours in resorting to silly names for products.

Grow Up.

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