[PHOTOS] Thieves Drill Through Vault, Pull Off $300 Million Jewel Heist

LONDON — Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company — The brazen thieves made of with more than $300 Million in jewels.


There was no sign of forced entry to the outside of the building. The thieves had disabled the communal lift on the second floor and then used the lift shaft to climb down into the basement.


They forced open shutter doors into the basement where HGSD is, then made their way to the vault, where they used a heavy duty drill – the make was a Hilti DD350 – to bore holes into the vault wall. The wall is two metres thick and made of re-enforced concrete.

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A total of 72 safety deposit boxes were opened, out of 999 boxes in the vault. Of these, seven were vacant, and 11 were due to be drilled out for non-payment of fees.

Anyone who has any information about this theft, or saw anything suspicious in the area around Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd over the Easter bank holiday is asked to contact the Flying Squad, MET POLICE.

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