Friday, February 24, 2006
Certainly beats the Great Train Robbery
|In Briatain, the heist of 50 million pounds certainly beats the measly 2.3 million pounds of the Great Train Robbery and is the largest heist in history. Cash. And where is this large sum of cash going?|
The heist is still in the old tradition, from the Telegraph:
Just as importantly, the criminals themselves had begun to realise that conducting armed bank robberies - or "going over the pavement", to use the underworld's parlance - was far less lucrative and more dangerous than the drugs trade. As one Flying Squad detective put it: "What's the point of going over the pavement with a shotgun to rob a couple of hundred thousand pounds when you can make 10 times that from a consignment of drugs? You'll get anything up to 20 years for armed robbery - life, if someone gets killed - whereas the average drug conviction might get you six or seven."
And perhaps the cash is difficult to handle within the UK:When robbers carried out a raid on the Northern Bank in Belfast in December 2004, they found much of their haul rendered useless after the bank introduced a new-style note.
Yet if they can get it out of the country it would be a bit more useful, London Times:
Speaking at a press conference before the arrests, Mr Leppard, who is leading a team of 100 investigators, confirmed that police were looking at the possibility that the gang had fled across the Channel. Officers have already seized security camera footage and computer numberplate records of vehicles going through the Channel Tunnel and on the Dover ferries after the raid early on Wednesday morning.
Hmmmm. "military precision"