UK: Was the Hatton Garden heist an inside job?

One week on from the Hatton Garden jewellery heist and the police appear to be no nearer to catching the gang responsible — or recovering their £60 million haul.

The crime only seems more audacious with every new detail that emerges, from the high-viz workmen jackets the robbers wore to the days they spent drilling inside the vaults.

Not since Michael Caine uttered the immortal line ‘You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!’ in the 1969 movie The Italian Job has a crime of this nature captured the public imagination…

…It seems highly likely that the gang had help from the inside. As we know, the men reached the fire exit through an alley leading from a side street in Hatton Garden, but this alley is protected by a metal gate and the raiders would have needed a key.

Furthermore, there was no sign of a forced entry through the fire exit door into the company’s premises, indicating they had a key or that someone had let them in from the inside.

Another theory is that a member of the gang had rented a space within the premises…

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