A Brief History
On February 22, 2006, a gang of 7 or more pulled off a heist of a Securitas AB depot in Tonbridge, England, absconding with a haul of £53 million in cash. Amazingly, they left behind £154 million because they could not carry it!
After placing a gang member as an inside man at the depot, the gang took the manager and his family hostage, fooled employees into allowing them to enter, and robbed the place of cash. Law enforcement moved quickly and began recovering stolen cash and making arrests, and within a year 36 people had been arrested. Despite these efforts, some suspects remain at large and £32 million has not been recovered.
The US equivalent of the haul is about $92.5 million.
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For more information, please see…
Smith, Terry. Blaggers Inc – Britain’s Biggest Armed Robberies: A Fascinating Insider’s Insight into Britain’s Most Infamous Organised Robberies. John blake, 2012,
Sounes, Howard. Heist: The True Story of the World’s Biggest Cash Robbery. Audible Studios, 2015.
The featured image in this article, a photograph by Oast House Archive of Securitas Depot, Vale Road, Tonbridge, Kent – Scene of the largest cash robbery in peacetime crime history on 22nd February 2006, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
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