Friday, May 3, 2019


(Sorry for the change in font & size.  It's not me, it's Google!!)

Grandfathers: Maybe one of the least intimidating demographics out there. Yet on Easter weekend of 2015, a group of them pulled off what was the largest burglary in English history. This unlikely squad of conniving senior thieves responsible for stealing millions of dollars’ worth of valuables was dubbed the Grandpa Gang.

The thieves used a heavy-duty drill to bore huge holes into a concrete vault.

The gang of men, who ranged in age from 42 to 76, spent three years planning an epic raid.  Here's how it went down, according to Reuters:  The gang broke into the vault of (London's) Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Building during the long Easter weekend last year.  They entered an elevator shaft and climbed down to the vault where they used heavy equipment to drill through a thick concrete wall; initially thwarted, they returned the following day and ransacked 73 deposit boxes stealing jewels, gold and cash worth 14 million pounds (20 million USD).  As of January 2016, only about a third of that loot has been recovered.

Brian Reader, a 76-year-old man at the time of the theft, used his senior citizen pass for free bus fare to get to the scene of the crime. Who would have assumed it was a sweet old man at the center of a massive burglary? Don't let that cute granddaddy charm cloud your judgment. "We can't escape the fact that these people are callous, career criminals," Detective Superintendent Craig Turner told Reuters. "They had a long history of criminal activity behind them." In January 2015, three members of the gang were found guilty.
(Adapted from curiosity.cam)