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Summary: Senior citizens in London pulled off one of the greatest jewelry heists in the country.

What would “Ocean’s Eleven” have been like if it were cast with grandpas instead of George Clooney?


Recently, London got to see that scenario play out firsthand. A group of older thieves burglarized an underground vault and stole $20 million worth of jewels. After the heist, it’s 76-year-old ringleader escaped on the city bus, boarding with his senior citizen bus pass.

Authorities say Brian Reader, nicknamed “The Master,” was the ringleader of the group of thieves. The men allegedly broke into a London underground vault and stole millions of dollars of gold, diamonds, sapphires and cash.

The Associated Press reported that three of the men were found guilty last Thursday, and four of the men had already been pleaded guilty, including Reader.

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Reader was a seasoned jewel thief. In 1983, he allegedly stole $37 million pounds of gold bullion, which was stored in a warehouse owned by security company, Brinks. He served eight years in prison, but that itch to steal never went away.

Reader teamed up with his buddy, fellow senior citizen Terry Perkins, who was a seasoned thief himself. Perkins previously spent time behind bars for stealing millions in the 1983 Security Express heist, which was carefully planned and took place over seven hours. Perkins and his crew waited and stole while the security guards clocked in and out.

Once Reader and Perkins assembled their squad, they broke into a vault in London’s jewelry district while disguised as workmen. They then climbed down an empty elevator shaft and scoped out the scene. They returned the following night and drilled a hole through a wall to get to 73 safety deposit boxes.

While the men may have been caught, the majority of the stolen items hasn’t been recovered.

The men will be sentenced on March 7.

Source: Jezebel

Photo courtesy of “Ocean’s Eleven”/Warner Bros.


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