Britain: Golden Grab

Historic heist at Heathrow

In the early hours of Saturday morning six gunmen, clad in black jumpsuits and woolen ski masks, raced up to the Brinks-mat Depot No. 7 in a drab row of industrial warehouses near Heathrow Airport, 15 miles west of London. Without apparent difficulty, they slipped past the searchlights and highly sophisticated alarm system that guard the building. Once inside, the intruders overpowered seven security men, handcuffing five of them together. The other two were less fortunate: the gunmen pistol-whipped one; they slashed through the other's shirt, tickled his stomach with a knife and then poured gasoline...

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