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'Basil,' the alarm specialist, jailed over huge UK diamond heist

Firstpost Friday, 15 March 2019
By Stephen Addison LONDON (Reuters) - A 58-year-old man nicknamed "Basil" was jailed for 10 years on Friday after being found guilty of being the final member of a gang of ageing criminals who carried out one the most audacious robberies in the annals of British crime. The gang ransacked 73 deposit boxes at the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit building in London's jewellery district over the Easter weekend of 2015, stealing gold, silver, diamonds and jewellery worth 13.5 million pounds ($18 million). Disguised as workmen, they abseiled down a lift shaft over the Easter weekend and used a diamond-tipped drill to cut through the vault wall

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