A woman has come forward to say that £7m of her gold has gone – nearly two years after the Hatton Garden jewellery raid. The woman says she has only just realised that her stash is missing, following the audacious raid back in April 2015.
Detectives with the Met Police are understood to be investigating her claim. If true, it would mean that the total stole in the robbery was actually £21m. Seven men have already been convicted in connection with the London heist, and have been sentenced to prison terms which are between six and seven years.
A spokesperson for the Met Police said that officers received an allegation that gold had been taken from a secuirty box during the Hatton Garden theft. The claim was made in June 2016, they say, following the burglary the previous year. Officers have confirmed that the woman is alleging she has lost a “substantial amount of property,” adding that the investigation was continuing.
It was previously thought that valuables worth up to £14m had been stolen. Following the criminal trial, two thirds of that haul was still unaccounted for. The thieves, who were nicknamed “Dad’s Army” because of their advancing years, stole the huge haul during a break in which they had planned during the Easter break.
The gang used drilled a hole in the vault wall before taking valuables, including gold, diamonds and sapphires, from 73 security boxes. The investigation revealed that the raid had been carried out by a gang of retired hard men.
A movie is currently being made about the heist, which will star EastEnders star Larry Lamb in the part of the ring leader, 77 year old Brian Reader, who is serving a six year jail term. The broken into vault and wall is due to be relocated to become an exhibit at the Museum of London.