The last job : the "bad grandpas" and the Hatton Garden heist / Dan Bilefsky.

Bilefsky, Dan author.
First edition.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
xiv, 284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
England -- London.
Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company.
Burglary -- England -- London -- Case studies.
Jewelry theft -- England -- London -- Case studies.
Older offenders -- England -- London -- Case studies.
Burglars -- England -- London -- Case studies.
Safe-deposit companies -- England -- London -- Case studies.
Jewelry theft.
Older offenders.
Safe-deposit companies.
Local subjects:
England -- London. (search)
Case studies.
Case studies.
True crime stories.
Over Easter weekend 2015, a motley crew of six English thieves, several in their sixties and seventies, couldn't resist coming out of retirement for one last career-topping heist. Their target: the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit, in the heart of London's medieval diamond district. "The Firm" included Brian Reader, ringleader and legend in his own mind; Terry Perkins, a tough-as-nails career criminal but also a frail diabetic; Danny Jones, a fitness freak, crime enthusiast, and fabulist; Carl Wood, an extra pair of hands, and definitely more brawn than brains; John "Kenny" Collins, getaway driver, prone to falling asleep on the job; and the mysterious Basil, a red-wigged associate who has only now been identified.Perhaps not the smoothest of criminals--one took a public bus to the scene of the crime; another read Forensics for Dummies in hopes he would learn how to avoid getting caught--they planned the job over fish and chips at their favorite pubs. They were cantankerous and coarse, dubbed the "Bad Grandpas" by British tabloids, and were often as likely to complain about one another as the current state of the country. Still, these analog thieves in a digital age managed to disable a high-security alarm system and drill through twenty inches of reinforced concrete, walking away with a stunning haul of at least $19 million in jewels, gold, diamonds, family heirlooms, and cash. Veteran reporter and former London correspondent for the New York Times Dan Bilefsky draws on unrivaled access to the leading officers on the case at the Flying Squad, the legendary Scotland Yard unit that hunted the gang, as well as notorious criminals from London's shadowy underworld, to offer a gripping account of how these unassuming criminal masterminds nearly pulled off one of the great heists of the century.
Prologue: Just another retiree on a bus
The inspiration of a botched crime
The making of a master thief
The making of The Firm
The target: The Garden and the criminal underworld
The Firm plots
The heist: pills, fish and chips, and concrete
Paul Johnson: a modern-day Sherlock Holmes
An investigation takes shape
A game of cat and mouse
The art of snooping and waiting
The Flying Squad is listening
The "cup up": laundering the jewels
To catch a thief
The trial
Who is Basil?
The Chatila heist: Hatton Garden redux?
Life behind bars.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-267) and index.
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Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Class of 1932 Fund.
Class of 1932 Fund.
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