Hatton Garden raider ‘smuggled £2m of goods to Spanish hideaway’May 27, 2019
Hatton Garden raider ‘smuggled £2m of stolen cash out of Britain to a Spanish hideaway to enjoy when his retirement finally begins’, new book claims
- It is claimed goods were shipped through Holland and stashed away in a Spain
- Criminal mastermind recruited gangland figures to help ship goods, its claimed
- Brian Reader, Terry Perkins, both 67, Kenny Collins, 75, Danny Jones, 60, Carl Wood, 58 and William Lincoln, 60, were given sentences of up to seven years each in March 2016
One of the infamous Hatton Garden raiders who stole almost £14million worth of gold, cash and jewels, is claimed to have smuggled £2million of the stolen goods to a Spanish hideaway.
The ageing criminal mastermind recruited gangland figures to help him transport a fraction of the £14million haul from the Hatton Garden operation in April 2015, reports The Mirror.
It is claimed the goods were shipped through Holland before being stashed away in a Spanish bolt hole.
Prosecutors say £13.69 million was made by the burglars but only £4,324,437 has been recovered by police.
It is claimed the goods, stolen from the Hatton Garden safe deposit in April 2015, were shipped through Holland before being stashed away in a Spanish bolt hole
£3.6 million worth of valuables have been returned to its owners, some of it damaged.
Another £689,233 cannot be returned because its owners have not come forward, or because it is not possible to identify who it belongs to.
The claims that stolen goods remain in Spain came to light after Ross Kemp’s ITV documentary on the infamous raid aired on Friday.
Kemp details unseen police surveillance footage and hacked conversations between the gang.
The band of criminals – mostly elderly men – drilled through a concrete vault wall and ransacked 72 safe-deposit boxes in the Hatton Garden jewelry district in April 2015 – stealing cash, jewellery and gold worth more than 14 million pounds.
HATTON GARDEN RAID
Danny Jones and Terry Perkins both admitted conspiracy to burgle over the Hatton Garden raid and were each jailed for seven years in 2016.
John ‘Kenny’ Collins, 77, was jailed for seven years, while Brian Reader, 78, – dubbed the ‘guv’nor’ – was handed a jail term of six years and three months after they both admitted the offence.
Carl Wood, 60, and William ‘Billy the Fish’ Lincoln, 61, were found guilty of conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to launder money last year after a seven-week trial at Woolwich Crown Court and are serving sentences of six and seven years respectively.
Gas fitter Hugh Doyle, 50, was found guilty of money laundering and handed a suspended prison sentence
The raiders were ordered to pay back £27.5m or face a total of 28 years extra in jail at Woolwich Crown Court in January this year.
The confiscation hearing closed the book on the audacious gem heist carried out by the gang dubbed the Dad’s Army gang and the ‘Diamond Wheezers’.
Perkins died in Belmarsh Prison in February this year after suffering a heart attack.
Brian Reader, Terry Perkins, both 67, Kenny Collins, 75, Danny Jones, 60, Carl Wood, 58 and William Lincoln, 60, were given sentences of up to seven years each in March 2016 for conspiracy to commit burglary.
Michael ‘Basil’ Seed, 58, who evaded capture for three years, was arrested last year and jailed for ten years.
A biography on gang member Brian Read by Tom Pettifor and Nick Sommerlad, called One last Job, recently revealed the possibility of a £2million stash hidden somewhere in Spain in a revised edition of the book.
The book states a source said: ‘The gang were made to look like idiots after they were arrested. But nothing could be further from the truth.
‘One of them got £2million out of the country, through Holland to Spain, and he will be able to enjoy his retirement when it finally begins.’
Brian Reader was released in July last year after serving three years.
Kenny Collins was released late last year having served half the sentence.
Terry Perkins died in prison after a heart attack in February last year.
Perkins, 69, told prison officers he was feeling unwell less than 24 hours before he was found dead in his cell at maximum security Belmarsh jail in south east London.
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