Burglars stole £ 50,000 handbag from a Louis Vuitton store in Knightsbridge after smashing the front door glass, a court heard.
Fourteen handbags were taken in the raid 3am, but almost all were recovered less than 24 hours later, a mother and two children in the plot, was reported at the Blackfriars Crown Court .
Michael Bisgrove, prosecution, said the evening after the burglary at the Sloane Street store on July 20 last year, police watch an address in Granville Square in King Cross saw a BMW happen.
He stayed for 45 minutes and when the police arrested on Pentonville Road they found 12 stolen bags in the trunk, inside trash bags on which some fingerprints of the accused were found.
“In the car were also a number of mobile phones and an iPad,” said Mr. Bisgrove. “The iPad browser open to a Web page showing handbags Louis Vuitton.”
Michelle Hart, 62, and his son William, 29, from Harlow, Essex, have been arrested and are in the dock with Steven Dedman, 23 and Spencer Duarte, 19, both of King Cross, and Ashleigh Smith 26.
The daughter of Katie Hart and Interim Dean Outram and Luke O’Leary has already pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, the court heard.
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Mr. Dedman said Bisgrove was architect of the plan and made the recognition of hours before the raid. Then he took a taxi with trash bags handbags – worth £ 53,585 – in Highgate, then to Granville Square home of Duarte.
Mr. Bisgrove said Duarte address was a point of pickup. The officers saw Dedman arrive by bike at 20 hours and 30 minutes later, the Harts BMW pulled up. William Hart was driving and her sister and mother were passengers.
Mr. Bisgrove said phone calls associated Dedman, Duarte and Smith with Harts by O’Leary and Outram, who acted as intermediaries for bags.
Dedman, Duarte and Smith deny conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to handle stolen goods. William and Michelle Hart deny conspiracy to handle stolen goods.
The trial continues.