We have put together our list of the top 10 biggest heists in the UK.
1.Securitas depot robbery, Tonbridge, Kent – £53.1M
February, 21st 2006 saw Colin Dixon, the manager of Securitas depot and his family become the victims of the UK’s largest robbery totaling over £53m in cash.
Mr Dixon was approached by men posing as police officers before being kidnapped and told his family would be harmed if he did not cooperate. Within Two years, £21m was recovered and several members of the gang, convicted of the robbery.
2.Graff jeweller’s, London – £40M
August 6th, 2009 saw 2 men dressed in suits walk into a new Bond Street store and walk out with over 40 very expensive items after drawing handguns before repeatedly changing cars as a means of escape. The jewellry has yet to be recovered however, 4 people have since been arrested and charged with the heist.
3.Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Centre Robbery, London – £40M
Valerio Viccei, an Italian who moved to London in 1986 had been in the country for around a year before leading a small gang into the Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Centre.Guns were drawn and staff were subdued as soon as they entered the vault before a “closed” sign was put up in the window. The gang left with £40m however it is estimated that the real figure could be anything up to £60m.
4.Northern Bank Robbery, Belfast, Northern Ireland – £26.4M
On Sunday 19th December 2004, armed men disguised as police officers approached 2 staff members of Northern Bank at their homes. They were told to go into work as normal the following day and let the gang in after closing. The thieves left with £10m of uncirculated bank notes, a further £5.5m used Northern Bank notes, £4.5m circulated sterling notes from other banks amongst other currency.
5.Brinks Mat Robbery, Heathrow, England – £26M
November, 26th 1983 saw a gang of robbers target a warehouse at Heathrow Airport expecting to find £3m in cash. However, when they got into the warehouse they found gold bullions worth £23m, an estimated £81m in today’s money. The majority of the gold bullions were never recovered but two men were convicted of the heist.
6.Graff jeweller’s, London – £23M
In 2003, Graff’s was targeted by a Serbian gang. The two men involved produced handguns and took 3 minutes to take the 47 items of jewellery. The following year saw 2 men charged with their involvements in the heist. Police later found a diamond ring hidden in a pot of face cream in one of the accuseds flat.
7.Hatton Garden, London – £14M
Safety deposit boxes were targeted during Easter 2015 by an elderly gang, with valuables worth around £14m stolen. A number of people have been arrested and charged since the raid, with the ages of the convicted thieves ranging from 58 to 78 years old. It is believed that £10m is still unaccounted for.
8.Midland Bank Clearing Centre, Salford, Manchester – £6.6M
£6.6m was stolen from a Securior cash delivery van, the driver was forced to let the gang into the van before the money was stolen and never recovered.
9.The Security Express Robbery, London – £6M
Easter Monday, 1983 saw Shoreditch Security Express depot broken into by a gang who made off with around £6m. Two brothers were arrested and charged with their involvement of the theft.
10.The Great Train Robbery – £2.6M
Arguably the most famous heist of the top 10, August 8th, 1963 saw Ronnie Biggs steal £2.6m in cash after holding up a train with a fake signal. The value of the theft would be the equivalent of £53m today. Most of the money was recovered during the following months however, Mr Biggs escaped and was in hiding until finally being tracked down in Brazil. Biggs was finally brought to justice after he voluntarily returned back to the UK.
Already in 2019, there have been numerous reports of theft across the UK.
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