Flying Squad detectives hunting the Hatton Garden safety deposit raiders have released CCTV stills to help trace the suspects.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Johnson, the officer in charge of the investigation, said:
The imagery released today is of three suspects and a van used by them in the Easter bank holiday weekend burglary at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Limited (HGSD).
They are pictured here using a side door situated in Greville Street, EC1 to make their way to and from the premises.
They were highly audacious entering on two occasions over that weekend firstly on Thursday 2 April 2015 at 20.19 before leaving the following morning at approx 08.12.
They then returned over a day later on Saturday April 4 at approx 22.17 before leaving the following morning at approx 06.44.
Perhaps in a reference to the release of CCTV footage by the Daily Mirror this morning, DCI Johnson said ‘This footage, along with other material, was already recovered by police at the earliest opportunity, and continues to be evaluated to capture the precise movements of the suspects.’
He said his detectives have been collecting CCTV footage within the Hatton Garden area since the incident and continue to do so.
He added: ‘I would appeal to neighbouring businesses, or members of the public who are either witnesses or in possession of CCTV footage, to contact us with information to support this enquiry.’
He said the examination of the scene has been painstaking and will continue into next week.
These examinations are vital in order for us to arrest these thieves and we must exploit this one-off opportunity to the fullest extent.
I appreciate that this has been a frustrating process for all those affected by this crime, and I would like to thank them and ask for their continued support in the investigation.
The Met Police Official Narrative
- Initially police were called at 8:10 am on Tuesday 7th April to Hatton HGSD following reports of a burglary which took place over the Easter bank holiday.
- The building where the theft took place is made up of a number of businesses, with a communal entrance. The safety deposit business is in the basement.
- 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.
- 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.
- Officers have successfully made contact with 42 holders of security boxes, and continue to attempt trace the remaining victims.
- The owner of HGSD Ltd has been spoken to over the phone by Flying Squad officers. He is currently oversees and will speak face-to-face with officers on his return.
- Security staff for the building have already been spoken to by police.
- The forensic examination of the scene for evidence remains ongoing.
- The Metropolitan Police has been making initial enquiries into what calls were received relating to the Hatton Garden burglary last weekend.
- At this stage we have established that on Friday, 3 April, at 00:21 a call was received at the MPS Central Communications Command (MetCC) from Southern Monitoring Alarm Company. The call stated that a confirmed intruder alarm had been activated at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd.
- The call was recorded and transferred to the police’s CAD (Computer Aided Despatch) system. A grade was applied to the call that meant that no police response was deemed to be required. We are now investigating why this grade was applied to the call. This investigation is being carried out locally.
- It is too early to say if the handling of the call would have had an impact on the outcome of the incident.
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 on 020 8785 8655, or to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.