Met Police unveil trio of criminals in bid to catch Bank Holiday gang.
Officers investigating the raid on Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd have released CCTV stills from the robbery to trace the suspects involved.
The images released are of three suspects and a van used by them during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. The CCTV shows the trio using a side door situated in Greville Street to make their way to and from the premises.
Detective chief inspector Paul Johnson said: “They were highly audacious entering on two occasions over that weekend firstly on Thursday 2nd April at 9.19pm before leaving the following morning at approx 8.12am. They then returned over a day later on Saturday 4th April at approx 10.17pm before leaving the following morning at approx 6.44am.
"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.”
The Met Police team responsible for investigating the crime have collected CCTV from across the Hatton Garden area. Now, neighbouring businesses and members of the public are being urged to come forward with new information.
DCI Johnson continues: "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."
Police were called to the scene at 08.10am on April 7 after employees reported a theft at the safety deposit box company.
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 Hatton Garden Safety Deposit is situated, 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 be speak face-to-face with officers on his return. Security staff for the building have already been spoken to by police.
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.