REALITY TV star Spencer Matthews hid in the vault at a luxury watch shop yesterday as it was ransacked by a moped gang armed with sledgehammers and a machete.
The 30-year-old Made In Chelsea celebrity had gone with two friends to The Hour House in the West End of London to pick up a vintage timepiece when the raiders struck.
Afterwards he posted a picture of himself on Instagram with the watch. It was captioned: ‘The only one they didn’t take.’
He also posted photos of the glass-strewn shop and smashed cabinets.
Witnesses said around six masked men on four mopeds targeted the shop, with one brandishing a machete at members of the public outside.
The thugs rammed the front door with a scooter, before smashing their way in with sledgehammers.
Matthews said: ‘I just had to hide in a safe. More like a vault downstairs while this watch shop got smashed to pieces by armed robbers.
‘These guys drive a scooter through the glass and start battering the shop with hammers, big huge hammers, wearing helmets.
‘We’re in the back of the shop looking at them, sprint downstairs, hide in the vault until all the noise passes. Come upstairs and the place is just battered. Like I mean Gonzo. All the watches gone.’
Matthews told how he and his friends began searching for the watch among the shattered glass and smashed cabinets. He said: ‘We were looking around and I’m just thinking f****** hell the thing that I’ve been waiting for has obviously just been nicked so I’m going to have to go and get another one.
‘Lo and behold we look around and on the floor amongst all the rubble and the glass and stuff there’s one watch in the entire shop and it’s mine. Now if that’s not luck I don’t know what is.’
Paul Starck, 43, was in his van near the shop when he saw the raiders do an abrupt U-turn in the street.
One of the gang armed with a machete tried to smash his window. The fire service engineer, from Sandhurst, Berkshire, said: ‘He was trying to get through the window at me because he knew I was on the phone to police.’
Mr Starck, who was treated by paramedics after getting glass in his eye, added: ‘I’ve never been so scared in my life. He had no care in the world.’
Met Police said officers were called at 10.32am. They tweeted: ‘A number of males armed with weapons are reported to have driven to the premises on mopeds and smashed a window before stealing goods and fleeing. Officers attended, including specialist firearms colleagues.’
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.