Vault scoured after jewellery heist

Published: Thursday 9th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Jewellers in London’s Hatton Garden face an anxious wait as police continue to scour the vault of a deposit box firm that was raided over Easter weekend.

Diamonds, jewellery and gold are thought to have been stolen when thieves hit the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit company.

Detectives from the Flying Squad said up to 70 boxes had been opened, and forensics officers are today still trying to match the boxes with their owners.

One deposit box owner said police told him this morning they had identified 30 boxes and were beginning to ring the owners.

The man, who asked not to be named, said: “I think they have done 30 so far and are ringing those up.

“There are another 40 to do after that and it could take all day, possibly tomorrow morning as well. That is what the forensics officer told me.

“I don’t understand why they have only done 30 so far. I suppose it takes time.”

The man, who does not yet know if his own deposit box is among those raided, said he had been told only people whose boxes were definitely hit would be contacted.

He said: “They won’t call if there is nothing wrong because there are 600 safe boxes down there.”

The man also said he understood that some of the boxes had just been tampered with in the heist, and that other items such as documents may have been dumped on the floor of the vault.

He said: “I suppose they have just picked what they want from the boxes. Some of the things can’t sell, so it is just gold, diamonds or cash.”

The man, who has offices in the building above the vault, said people were in the building on Friday and that it was likely they would have heard if the thieves were breaking into the vault then.

He said: “There were people in the offices on Friday. Someone I know came in at midday and I think they would have heard it.”

Published: Thursday 9th April 2015 by The News Editor

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