Skip to content
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies. You can change your settings or learn more here.

The men behind the biggest burglary in English history

Seven members of the gang who broke into the vault were found guilty today.
Jan 14th 2016, 9:24 PM 20,942 24

Terry Perkins, Daniel Jones, Brian Reader and John Collins. Source: Met Police

SEVEN MEMBERS OF a gang who broke into a vault in London last year and stole £14 million in gold and jewellery have been found guilty.

The group broke into the building the vault was in via a side door over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Once inside, they disabled a lift, climbed down the shaft and drilled through the wall. They climbed through the hole and accessed a total of 72 safety deposit boxes.

Source: Met Police

The ringleaders of the group were Terry Perkins, Daniel Jones, Brian Reader and John Collins, pictured above. They had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle.

Today Hugh Doyle, a heating engineer was found guilty of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property. William Lincoln and Carl Wood, both unemployed, were also found guilty of conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.

heist men2 Hugh Doyle, William Lincoln and Carl Wood. Source: Met Police

Two others pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.

Speaking today, detective superintendent Craic Turner said this was a thorough and complicated investigation, which meticulously linked the gang together.

The weight of evidence was so strong that half the gang chose to plead guilty. It was an audacious, brazen burglary that was some three years in the planning.

E114-15Pge40ImageO Collins, Perkins and Reader in the Castle Public House, Pentonville Road in May last year. Source: Met Police

So far police have recovered stolen property worth just over £3.7 million.

These jewels were recovered from a cemetery:

Source: Met Police

Source: Met Police

“Hatton Garden jewellers were amongst those who put their stock in the vaults during the bank holiday. They lost tens of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, and for others it was part of their pension fund,” said Turner.

One man who has become known as ‘Basil’ is still wanted in connection with the burglary. Police are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction and the recovery of the outstanding property.

Read: Seven men arrested in massive police raid over £200 million jewel heist>

Read: Here’s how thieves stole £200 million in gold, jewels and diamonds>

Send a tip to the author

Michelle Hennessy


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a comment

    cancel reply
    Back to top