Moped driver in Deliveroo jacket ‘Bugatti smashed with hammer’
Thieves on mopeds attacked a millionaire’s £3,000,000 Bugatti supercar and tried to steal his £110,000 Rolex watch in Mayfair, a court has heard.
Footage captured the moment when a 15-year-old boy dressed as a Deliveroo driver repeatedly banged on the window of Abdullah Al Basman’s Bugatti Chiron on Park Lane.
The helmeted robber then fled the scene with another man, also wearing the uniform of the grocery delivery service, after Al-Basman drove away when traffic eased.
The target of the ambush, which occurred in broad daylight on August 21 last year, is said to have been Al Basman’s platinum Rolex Daytona.
The Kuwaiti millionaire was staying at the Berkeley Hotel, with witnesses claiming the thieves followed him from there to Hyde Park Corner, the Evening Standard reported.
On his social media, jet set Al Basman often flaunts his collection of polished, expensive cars and watches to his more than 10,000 followers.
Ronnie Reid, 20, from Finsbury Park, north London, is on trial as one of the two moped riders accused of a series of thefts this afternoon.
A 15-year-old boy has already admitted his involvement in the robberies, including using the claw hammer to hit Al Basman’s supercar.
Prosecutor Dickon Reid said the pair wore balaclavas, helmets and gloves and even drove mopeds with poorly taped license plates to camouflage themselves.
“The couple mainly focused on stealing expensive watches from people. They just drove around looking for potential targets,” Mr. Reid said.
“They were responsible for a series of attempted robberies and one robbery on the afternoon of 21 August 2022 that took place in the borough of Belgravia and Mayfair in central London.”
The jury heard it all play out in just 45 minutes.
Around 4 p.m. Justin and Bradley Rizza walked through Cadogan Square with shopping bags from the luxury department store Fortnum and Mason.
Because both brothers wore Rolex watches, the two teenagers drove up to them and tried to “lock” them up, the court heard.
“Justin Rizza was confronted by Reid, who aggressively yelled, ‘What do you have?’ and tried to get him to hand over items,” the prosecutor said.
Bradley attempted to escape by jumping a fence, only for his shoe to “become impaled on the spikes and he was hung upside down.”
Just 20 minutes later, the two found their new target, Auday Tokatly, who was “pulled to the ground, kicked and punched in the head and legs”.
But a car turning the corner gave Mr Tokatly a chance to escape and enter Harrods.
After the attempted robbery of Al Basman, Mr Reid claimed the couple then approached Michael McKeown and his wife Juste outside a restaurant on their mopeds.
“He saw the handle of a knife sticking out of[Ronnie’s]waistband and he says he knew what was going to happen,” the prosecutor said.
Mr McKeown, wearing a £75,000 Audemars Piguet watch, sprinted down Curzon Street but was struck by a vehicle before the teenager’s moped rammed him.
Juste had a “machete in his face,” Mr Reid claimed, as she kicked one of the riders to protect her husband.
Andrei Karkar was the last victim of the afternoon. His watch was taken off after the riders rammed him to the ground.
The 15-year-old teenager has pleaded guilty to five counts of dangerous driving, criminal damage, possession of an assault weapon, robbery and attempted robbery.
Reid denies being one of the drivers, as well as damaging property, two counts of possession of an assault weapon, five counts of attempted robbery, dangerous driving, threatening another with an assault weapon and robbery.
The process goes on.
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