Elderly Suspects Arrested for Daring London Heist

Oldest of 9 Hatton Garden suspects is 76
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2015 2:22 AM CDT
Elderly Suspects Arrested for Daring London Heist
This mage made available by the Metropolitan Police shows the vault door and a hole leading into the vault, left, at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in London.   (Metropolitan Police via AP)

When a huge amount of cash and gems was stolen from a secure vault in London over Easter weekend, the daring theft was described as an "old-school heist"—and just how old school is now apparent. A 76-year-old man and his 50-year-old son were among nine people arrested in 12 raids involving hundreds of police officers yesterday, the Telegraph reports. The other suspects range in age from 43 to 74, and police say a "number of large bags containing significant amounts of high-value property" believed to have come from the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit heist were seized from one address, the Guardian reports.

After the heist, police were heavily criticized for failing to respond to an alarm, giving the gang more than 48 hours to empty scores of safety deposit boxes in the heart of London's diamond district, the AP reports. "At times we've been portrayed as if we have acted like Keystone Cops, but I want to reassure you that in the finest traditions of Scotland Yard, these detectives have done their utmost to bring justice to the victims of this callous crime," a police spokesman said after the arrest. It was initially suspected that an Eastern European gang like the Pink Panthers was behind the theft, but police say all the suspects are British, the Guardian notes. (Thieves in Paris grabbed a handbag containing $5.4 million in jewelry from a woman stuck in traffic last month.)

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