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Hatton Garden Heist Suspects ‘Spent Three Years Planning’: The Guardian

Nov 25, 2015 1:26 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Burglars spent three years planning a heist in London’s Hatton Garden Safe Deposit to steal $21.1 million (GBP 14 million) of jewels, gold and cash, a court heard on the opening day of the trial, according to The Guardian.

A gang led by 76-year-old Brian Reader bore a hole through a concrete wall to enter the vault, the country’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) alleged, the news report said, citing the court hearing. The ringleaders prepared by watching YouTube videos demonstrating how to use a drill capable of penetrating thick walls, the court heard.

Some $13.6m of valuables stolen are still missing, including gems, gold and platinum, prosecutors told the Woolwich Crown Court in south London November 23.

It also emerged police raided the home of Reader, known by the gang as the ‘master’ and the ‘guv’nor’, and found a book on the precious-stones underworld, a diamond tester a diamond gauge and diamond magazines, The Guardian reported.

While Reader and three other suspects alleged to be the ringleaders have already pleaded guilty, new details emerged in the fresh trial against a further four defendants, according to the report.

The trial, which has been described as the biggest burglary in English legal history, continues.
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