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)



  1. I suspect I am too old to pull of a heist. Or perhaps that is my clever story.

  2. If they eventually all got caught, they didn't really pull it off.

  3. Did they make a movie from that grandpa heist? Seems to me I watched a movie with a similar plot.

    That must have been some drill!!

    1. Me too, Robert Redford's final movie title The Old Man and The gun.

  4. As I use to tell a friend, even crooks age. Loved the poor 3 armed crook.

  5. If they'd been crooks all their lives, it's about all that could be expected of them, i guess.

    If you are having trouble with font size, what i do is highlight the whole post and then click on choose font size.

  6. I laughed out loud at the internet banking thieves.


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