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Encyclopedia > Securitas depot robbery

The Securitas depot robbery was a robbery which took place in the early hours of 22 February 2006, between 01:00 and 02:15 UTC in England, an operation that succeeded in stealing the largest cash amount in British crime history. At least six men abducted and threatened the family of the manager, tied up fourteen staff members and stole £53,116,760[1] (about US$92.5 million or €78 million) in bank notes from a Securitas Cash Management Ltd depot in Vale Road, Tonbridge, Kent. February 22 is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is a high-precision atomic time standard which approximately tracks Universal Time (UT). ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... ISO 4217 Code GBP User(s) United Kingdom Inflation rate 2. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... The euro (€; ISO 4217 code EUR) is the currency of twelve European Union member states: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. ... A £20 Ulster Bank banknote. ... The Securitas Aktiebolag is a Swedish security solutions (security guard) company. ... Tonbridge is a market town in the English county of Kent, with a population of 31,600 in 2001. ... Kent is a county in England, south-east of London. ...

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Robbery

The 7.5 ton lorry used in the robbery
The 7.5 ton lorry used in the robbery

The manager of the depot, Colin Dixon, was abducted at about 18:30 on 21 February, apparently while driving his Nissan Almera to his home in Herne Bay. He was pulled over on the A249 just outside Stockbury, a village North East of Maidstone, by what he thought was an unmarked police vehicle due to the blue lights behind the front grill. A man approached him in high-visibility clothing and a police-style hat. The manager proceeded to get into the police imposter's car, thinking that he was a police officer, where he was then handcuffed by others in the vehicle. He was then driven west on the M20 motorway to the West Malling bypass where he was bound further, transferred into a white van and transported to a farm in an unknown location in west Kent. Image File history File links Robbery_lorry. ... Image File history File links Robbery_lorry. ... The driver of this DAF tractor with an auto-transport semi-trailer prepares to offload Škoda Octavia cars in Cardiff, Wales For other meanings, see Truck (disambiguation). ... In criminal law, kidnapping is the taking away of a person against the persons will, usually to hold the person in false imprisonment (confinement without legal authority) for ransom or in furtherance of another crime. ... February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... The Nissan Almera is a compact car built by Nissan, launched in 1995. ... Herne Bay is a seaside town in Kent, England between six and seven miles north of Canterbury, and part of the City of Canterbury local government district. ... Great Britain has many ancient roads and trackways dating back not only to the Roman occupation of southern Britain but to much earlier times, including the oldest engineered road to be discovered anywhere in the world: the Sweet Track dating from the 3800s BC. With the advent of the motor... A village is a human residential settlement commonly found in rural areas. ... Maidstone (pronounced mādstun) is the county town of Kent, in southeast England, about 30 miles from London. ... Q-car is an English Metropolitan Police term for an unmarked police vehicle used for covert patrolling and operations. ... A pair of metal double-locking police handcuffs A woman cuffed with handcuffs and thumbcuffs Handcuffs are devices to secure two wrists close together. ... The M20 motorway is a major road in England. ... West Malling is an historic town in Kent, England. ... A bypass is a road or highway that avoids (bypasses) a built-up area, town, or village, to let through traffic flow without interference from local traffic, to reduce congestion in the built-up area, and to improve road safety. ... A van is a vehicle used for transporting goods or groups of people. ... Bales of hay on a farm near Ames, Iowa A farm is the basic unit in agriculture. ...


As this was taking place, the manager's wife and eight-year-old son were being held hostage at their home in Herne Bay, after they answered the door to men dressed in police uniforms, who falsely informed them that the manager had been involved in a road traffic accident. They were then driven to the farm at which the manager was being held, where he was told at gunpoint that failure to cooperate could put him and his family in danger. A hostage is a person (sometimes another entity) which is held by a captor (often a criminal abductor) in order to compel another party (relative, employer, government. ... A car accident in Yate, near Bristol, England, in July 2004. ... Bales of hay on a farm near Ames, Iowa A farm is the basic unit in agriculture. ...


The depot manager, his wife and son were taken to the Securitas depot in Tonbridge at around 01:00, travelling in a plain white van, being held at gunpoint. At the depot, 14 members of staff were bound by robbers, armed with handguns and wearing balaclavas. A handgun is a firearm small enough to be carried and used in one hand. ... Balaclava and gun A balaclava, balaclava helmet or ski mask is a form of headgear covering the whole head, exposing only the face (and often only the eyes). ...


The heist came to an end at approximately 02:15, although it was still another hour before staff members, who had been tied up, managed to raise the alarm. Police officers arriving on the scene discovered staff, the manager and his family, bound but physically unharmed. Robbery is the crime of seizing property through violence or intimidation. ...


The notes will be difficult to trace and link to the robbery due to the fact that they are used notes and not newly printed, unlike the notes stolen in the Belfast robbery of 2004. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Bank of England, to which the money belonged, was reimbursed £25 million by Securitas the same day, and has assured the public that Securitas will make up any additional loss. The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom, sometimes known as The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street or The Old Lady. The nearest London Underground station is Bank station. ...


Investigation and arrests

  • On 23 February 2006 at around 19:00 police confirmed the arrest in Forest Hill, South London of a man aged 29 and a woman aged 31, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. There were thought to be at least six armed robbers involved.
  • On the same day, a 41-year-old woman was arrested at the Portman Building Society branch in Bromley in South London by the Metropolitan Police. The woman was moved to a police station in Kent to be questioned by detectives on suspicion of handling stolen goods. According to some news reports she was dressed as a Salvation Army nurse and apparently tried to pay in £6,000 cash bound in tape marked "Tonbridge".
  • Securitas and their insurers have offered a reward of £2 million for information leading to the thieves' capture. [2]
  • As the investigation progressed, police traced a number of the vehicles involved in the heist including a Parcelforce van thought to have been used in the abduction of the depot manager and his family. The van was found abandoned at the "Hook and Hatchet" pub in the village of Hucking, near Maidstone. A Volvo S60 and a red Vauxhall Vectra also thought to have been used (and made to look like unmarked police cars) in the abductions were found in the village of Leeds, near Leeds Castle overnight on 23 February 2006. The Volvo had apparently been set alight. On the same day Colin Dixon's Nissan Almera was also found in the car park of the "Cock Horse" pub in Detling.
  • On 24 February 2006 Kent Police recovered a white Ford Transit van from the car park of the Ashford International Hotel. The van was found after a tip-off from a member of the public. The van and its contents were taken away from the hotel for forensic examination, and on 26 February 2006, it was announced that the van contained £1.3 million, along with guns, balaclavas and body armour.[3]
  • Metal cages and packaging material, that may have been used to transport the money, were recovered in a field near Detling on Friday 24 February.
  • Forensic teams, accompanied by armed police officers, also raided a house in Southborough near Tunbridge Wells on Saturday evening 25 February.
  • On the afternoon of 26 February, Kent Police challenged two men who subsequently fled in a blue BMW 3 Series coupe on Marine Parade in Tankerton, near Whitstable. Police marksmen then appeared to shoot out at least one tyre bringing the car to a halt and subsequently arresting the driver and one other man nearby. Other reports have suggested the police may in fact have used a Stinger device.[4]
  • Two individuals were detained by police on 27 February 2006 in the Greenwich area of London by armed officers.
  • The white 7.5 ton Renault Midlum lorry allegedly used to transport the stolen money was eventually recovered by police at an undisclosed location on Tuesday 28 February 2006. At the same time Kent police raided Elderden Farm in the Staplehurst area, apparently conducting extensive forensic searches of the surrounding land and buildings and seizing vehicles. Searches of local wells were also undertaken by police divers. The farm is owned by a local car dealer who could not be located at the time of the raid. A further arrest also took place of a woman who became the twelfth person detained during the investigation, most of whom have subsequently been released on bail.[5]
  • Late on 1 March 2006, Kent Police confirmed that John Fowler (a car dealer and the owner of Elderden Farm) had been charged with conspiracy to rob Securitas and three charges of kidnapping, in the case of Colin, Lynn and Craig Dixon; Stuart Royle had been charged with conspiracy to rob; and Kim Shackleton had been charged with handling stolen goods. They appeared at Maidstone Magistrates' Court on 2 March, and were remanded in custody until 13 March, when they will appear at Maidstone Crown Court.[6]
  • On 2 March 2006, Jetmir Bucpapa was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, and Lea John Rusha was charged with the same offence on 3 March. They appeared in court on 3 March and were remanded in custody until a preliminary hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on the 13th.
  • During a raid on an industrial depot in Welling on 2 March 2006, a currently unknown amount of cash was discovered, and a further arrest was made. It has been reported that the amount of money is several million pounds.[7]
  • A further arrest was made in the Bexley area of London on Saturday 4 March in connection with the robbery. The man was subsequently released on bail bringing the total number of arrests at that stage to seventeen.
  • As of 6 March police had recovered £11m as a result of various raids and forensic searches.
  • On 7 March two employees of a firm that had been contracted by Securitas were arrested, strengthening speculations that it had been an "inside job" to some extent.
  • As of 9 March police had recovered £19.7m as a result of various raids and searches
  • On 25 June 2006, in a joint operaion with Moroccan police, four men were arrested at a shopping centre in the Souissi district of the capital Rabat. Moroccan police said they had to use "specialist techniques to arrest the suspects because they were specialists in martial arts and firearms"[8] Kent Police said in a statement that they had been tracking Lee Murray, a 26year old from Sidcup, South London, for three months. They are presently seeking his extradition from Morocco. Murray was arrested with friend Paul "The Enforcer" Allen, who police wish to interview, but on whom there is not presently sufficent evidence to charge. There is no treaty between the UK and Morroco and the process could take months. Later Moroccan police revealed that Murray had also been charged with possession of “hard drugs”. An officer said this could complicate extradition proceedings because in theory Murray would have to serve time in Morocco first for any offences committed there [9]
  • On 27 June 2006 Kent Police confirmed the news of Murray's arrest in Morocco, and also stated that over 30people had now been arrested in conjunction with the investigation [10]

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Similar incidents

The 2004 Northern Bank heist in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was known as the biggest cash heist in UK history, after £26.4m was seized, a record that has been broken by the Tonbridge raid. The only larger cash robbery in history was in March 2003, when approximately US $1 billion was stolen from the Central Bank of Iraq, shortly after the United States began bombing Baghdad. The raid has also been compared to the Great Train Robbery of 1963. Although the figure stolen then was only £2.6 million, this was equivalent to around £40 million now, after inflation is taken into account. Notes such as this Northern Bank £20 note were stolen. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Dieu et mon droit (motto) (French for God and my right)2 Northern Irelands location within the UK Languages English (De facto) 3, Irish, Ulster Scots 4 Capital and largest city Belfast First Minister Office suspended Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain MP Area  - Total Ranked 4th... March 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → // Events March 1, 2003 Iraq disarmament crisis: The Turkish speaker of Parliament voids the vote accepting U.S. troops involved in the planned invasion of Iraq into Turkey on constitutional grounds. ... The Central Bank of Iraq, guarded by U.S. troops. ... Combatants Republic of Iraq (Saddam Hussein regime), Baath Loyalists, Iraqi insurgency Al Qaeda United States, United Kingdom, Multinational force in Iraq, New Iraqi Army, Kurdish forces Commanders Saddam Hussein Abu Musab al-Zarqawi† Moqtada al-Sadr Abu Ayyub al-Masri Mujahideen Shura Council Tommy Franks George Casey Strength 375... Location of Baghdad within Iraq Baghdad (Arabic: ‎ translit: , Kurdish: Bexda, from Persian Baagh-daad or Bag-Da-Du meaning “Garden of God” [1]) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Governorate. ... The Great Train Robbery was the name given to a train robbery that was committed on August 8, 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. ...


References

  1. ^ Record £53m stolen in depot raid, BBC, 27 February 2006
  2. ^ £2m reward for depot raid leads, BBC, 23 February 2006
  3. ^ Depot robbers left behind £1.3m, BBC, 26 February 2006
  4. ^ Police open fire in hunt for £50m gang, Daily Telegraph
  5. ^ Police find the getaway lorry used in £53m raid, The Times
  6. ^ Three in court over £53m robbery, BBC, 2 March 2006
  7. ^ Millions found after depot raid, BBC, 3 March 2006
  8. ^ Arrest in Morocco over £53m raid, BBC 26 June 2006
  9. ^ Sun Newspaper article, The Sun, 28 June 2006
  10. ^ Kent Police Press Release, Kent Police, 27 June 2006

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See also

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