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Hatton Garden raid reward offered

Published 24/04/2015

The drill used by thieves during the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company raid.
The drill used by thieves during the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company raid.
The tunnel leading into the vault at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company which was raided over the Easter weekend.
CCTV images of the thieves entering and leaving the scene of the burglary during the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company raid.

Police have offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of all those involved in the Hatton Garden safety deposit burglary.

Detectives released for the first time an image of the Hilti DD350 drill that was used during the burglary.

The power tool was used by a gang of six men captured on CCTV carrying out the audacious raid over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Appearing on the BBC's Crimewatch, Detective Superintendent Craig Turner, head of the Flying Squad, said that the theft had been carried out by an "almost Ocean's 11 type team".

Mr Turner said: "This was a particularly ambitious burglary to say the least and has affected so many victims.

"People's property has been taken, people's pensions, people's heirlooms which obviously can't be replaced by insurance firms.

"We may well be misled - this is carried out by an almost Ocean's 11 type team, but in essence there are victims behind this and these are callous thieves."

Mr Turner appealed for members of the public who may have been in the Hatton Garden area during the theft and who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

Describing the drill that had been found at the scene as a "specialised bit of equipment", he called for members of the criminal community who may have seen the gang in possession of it to get in touch.

There are still six victims who have not been identified yet by police, Mr Turner said.

"I appeal to any of those victims who haven't been contacted by police to contact the incident room," he added.

The extraordinary raid was executed at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company over four days between Thursday April 2 and Sunday April 5.

It was only discovered when staff returned on Tuesday April 7 following the long Bank Holiday break.

Officers believe the gang entered the building, which houses a number of businesses, through a communal entrance before disabling the lift so they could climb down the lift shaft to the basement.

They forced open shutter doors and bored a hole 20in (50cm) deep, 10in (25cm) high, and 18in (45cm) into the vault wall where they then had free access to the safety deposit boxes.

A total of 72 boxes were opened during the burglary, with reports that the contents may have been worth as much as £60 million.

Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is reviewing why officers were not sent to investigate an intruder alarm set off at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit shortly after midnight on the Friday.

A call was received by the force's Computer Aided Despatch system from the security company but no police response was deemed necessary.

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