empty. Mr Taylor, the owner of a jewellery shop was admiring a new window display. Two of his assistants had been working
busily since 8 o'clock and had only just finished. Diamond necklaces and rings had been beautifully arranged on a background
of black velvet. After gazing at the display for several minutes, Mr Taylor went back into his shop.
The silence was suddenly broken when a large car, with its headlights on and its horn blaring, roared down the arcade. It came
to a stop outside the jeweler's. One man stayed at the wheel while two others with black stockings over their faces jumped out
and smashed the window of the shop with iron bars. While this was going on, Mr Taylor was upstairs. He and his staff began
throwing furniture out of the window. Chairs and tables went flying into the arcade. One of the thieves was struck by a heavy
statue, but he was too busy helping himself to diamonds to notice any pain. The raid was all over in three minutes, for the men
scrambled back into the car and it moved off at a fantastic speed. Just as it was leaving, Mr Taylor rushed out and ran after it
throwing ashtrays and vases, but it was impossible to stop the thieves. They had got away with thousands of pounds worth of
◆smash-and-grab n. 砸橱窗抢劫
◆arcade n. 有拱廊的街道（两旁常设商店）
◆Piccadilly n. 皮卡迪利大街
◆jewellery n. 珠宝（总称）
◆necklace n. 项链
◆ring n. 戒指
◆background n. 背景
◆velet n. 天鹅绒，丝绒
◆headlight n. （汽车等）前灯
◆blare v. 发嘟嘟声，吼叫
◆staff n. 全体工作人员
◆raid n. 偷袭
◆scramble v. 爬行
◆fantastic adj. 非常大的
◆ashtray n. 烟灰缸
★smash-and-grab n. 砸橱窗抢劫
smash vt. break sth. into pieces violently
vi. The dishes smashed on the floor.
smash into: 撞击到某处
Eg: The bus smashed into a big tree.
grab: seize suddenly
catch: get hold of sth. / sbb. moving
snatch: catch sth. / sb. suddenly and violently
seize: 强调抓住、抓到的结果 Fear seized her.
hold： 强调抓牢、抓紧 He is holding an umbrella.
★arcade n. 有拱廊的街道（两旁常设商店）