3 men convicted in London jewelry district heist

LONDON -- Three men were convicted Thursday of involvement in raiding a safe deposit in a London jewelry district, an audacious 14 million-pound ($20 million) heist that prosecutors called the largest burglary in English history.

See Full Article

The haul included gold, diamond and sapphire jewelry, cash and other valuables belonging to local jewelers in Hatton Garden.

Carl Wood, William Lincoln and Hugh Doyle, aged 48 to 60, were found guilty Thursday of being involved in the burglary. A fourth man, taxi driver Jon Harbinson, was cleared. Four other men aged 58 to 76, described as the ringleaders of the gang, pleaded guilty earlier.

The details of the carefully-planned heist -- not least the advanced ages of the thieves -- have fascinated Britain. One lawyer in the case said the crime was worthy of turning into a movie called "Bad Grandpas."

The men chose the Easter holiday weekend last year to carry out the crime, and were able to secure their break-in to a safe deposit facility in the jewelry quarter over two nights virtually without anyone noticing.

Disguised as workmen and dressed in fluorescent vests and hard hats, the thieves entered carrying bags and wheeled garbage bins for carrying off the booty.

Police said that on the first night, the gang climbed 12 to 14 feet (around four meters) down an elevator shaft but failed to access the deposit boxes. They returned the following night with more equipment, and successfully climbed into the vault through a hole they drilled in a thick cement wall. They then spent the whole night in the vault ransacking 73 deposit boxes.

It wasn't until security workers returned to work on Tuesday that the crime was discovered. Police have apologized for failing to respond to a midnight alarm that sounded at the start of the holiday weekend.

Detectives said there was no evidence that the raid was an inside job. Rather, they said the men meticulously researched and planned the heist months in advance over drinks in pubs, working out all the obstacles they would face.

Only part of the stolen goods has been recovered, and one of the key suspects -- a man known only as "Basil" who let the others into the building -- hasn't yet been identified and police are still investigating his whereabouts.

All the men are due to be sentenced on March 7.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Ont. teen subject of Amber Alert wasn't actually abducted, police say

    Canada News CTV News
    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Police in Peel Region west of Toronto say a 15-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert on Monday was not kidnapped as initially suspected. The alert had cited witnesses as saying the girl had been forced into a van in Mississauga by two men. Source
  • Okla. shooting victim saved by plate in neck: investigators

    World News CTV News
    TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Investigators say a metal plate in an Oklahoma man's neck saved him from paralysis or worse when he was shot. Robert Thurman told 911 dispatchers Friday that his sister Gretchen Thurman shot him, The Tahlequah Daily Press reported. Source
  • South Korean court denies request to arrest Samsung Group chief

    World News CBC News
    A South Korean court on Thursday denied a special prosecutor clearance to arrest the head of Samsung Group, the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Source
  • Virginia man who killed noted musician and his family is executed

    World News CBC News
    Virginia has executed a man convicted of killing two young girls and their parents during a New Year's Day home invasion more than 11 years ago. Authorities say 39-year-old Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. Source
  • Alaska volcano erupts again, sends ash cloud to 31,000 feet

    World News CTV News
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Alaska volcano active since mid-December has erupted again. Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian lslands erupted at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday and sent up an ash cloud estimated at 31,000 feet. The Alaska Volcano Observatory raised the aviation threat code to red, the highest level. Source
  • Hardworking Winnipeg server gets life-changing $1,000 tip

    Canada News CTV News
    A Winnipeg restaurant server thought one of her customers was out to lunch when she received a life-changing $1,000 tip on Saturday. Jennifer Peitsch choked back tears of joy as she asked if the woman’s extravagant gratuity on an $87.15 meal at Mongo’s Grill was indeed real. Source
  • Dramatic video shows two armed robberies in central Alberta

    Canada News CTV News
    Two separate, but equally frightening, armed robberies were caught by surveillance cameras in central Alberta. During the past month there have been a number of armed robberies in the area, which are being investigated by RCMP. Source
  • So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV. But at times, his answers seemed aimed at an audience of one: the man who will replace him at noon Friday. Source
  • PM Trudeau should protect Kathy Katula from trolls: Tory MP

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Justin Trudeau must protect real Canadians like Kathy Katula from Liberal trolls and haters, a Conservative MP says. Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre came to the aid of Katula — the 54-year-old Buckhorn, Ont. grandmother who made headlines for her emphatic plea to the PM to not pile the carbon tax onto her as she’s already towing the poverty line — and said Trudeau needs to as well. Source
  • WikiLeaks' Julian Assange backs away from extradition pledge

    World News CTV News
    PARIS -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange retreated from his pledge to accept extradition to the U.S. if Chelsea Manning was granted clemency, arguing Wednesday via his lawyers that what he was really asking for was an immediate pardon for the ex-Army analyst. Source