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The robbers made off with at least and probably more than £500,0000 in jewels, money and valuables; allowing for inflation that’s more than £5,000,000 today. Royal Inquest, robbery of Lloyds Bank Baker Street London, later immortalised in the film Bank Job
The Great Baker Street Bank Robbery. Evening Standard headline 13th September 1971
In September 1971: Lloyds Bank in Baker Street, London, became the scene of one of the most death-defying robberies of all time. Britain’s Biggest Heists II: The Baker Street Robbery, 2011
In the dead of night Robert Rowlands feared he may have stumbled upon a robbery in progress. Concerned that he had somehow managed to tune in to a frequency being used by thieves, Rowlands knew he had to inform the authorities. ibid.
They didn’t know it was ... Scotland Yard were listening in. ibid.
The daring gang had somehow managed to dig their way through mounds of earth and rubble to the floor of the vault. ibid.
Allegations that the target was not in fact money and jewels but in fact compromising photographs of people in power were quickly dismissed by the Yard. ibid.
Police had their first major lead which led them to sixty-four-year-old leather goods dealer Benjamin Wolfe. ibid.
No forensic clues were left. ibid.
A careless oversight on the lease of the shop. ibid.
None of the stolen goods were recovered from the raid. ibid.
The massive haul was worth £100 million but even today surrounded with state secrecy and stories. Heists s1e1: Britain’s Biggest Bank Job, Channel 5 2015
The vault at Baker Street is fifteen feet underground and encased in three feet of reinforced concrete. ibid.
To dig a tunnel under the bank straight into the vault. ibid.
The Lloyds Bank on a small high street in Luton, but this is just a dress rehearsal. ibid.
The walkie-talkies they are relying on could be their downfall. ibid.
I’ve got a proposition for you, Terry. The Bank Job 2008 starring Jason Statham & Saffron Burrows & Richard Lintern & James Faulkner & Stephen Campbell Moore & Daniel Mays & Alki David & David Suchet & Georgia Taylor & Michael Jibson & Peter Bowles et al, director Roger Donaldson, her to him
It seems Michael X has managed to keep himself out of jail by threatening to release damning photographs of a certain royal personage. ibid. senior government official to Tim
I have it for you. A bank. I’ve been seeing this guy. Runs his own business. Security systems. ibid. her to him
Lloyds Bank Limited. 185 Baker Street. ibid.
I think drugs are responsible for the moral degeneration of the young. ibid. Lew to Michael
Terry: A pile of skeletons.
Dave: Let’s hope it’s not the last gang that tried to take this bank. ibid.
I am a ham radio operator and I think I may be overhearing a robbery in progress. ibid.
You’ve opened Pandora’s Box, you prick. ibid. MI6
Soon after the robbery Scotland Yard underwent a major purge of corrupt police officers. A number of senior members of the government resigned following revelations about the activities at Sonia Bern’s brothel. Michael X was hanged in 1975 in Trinidad for the murder of Gale Benson. His file in the British National Archive remains classified until 1st of January 2054. Porn King Vogel was jailed for eight years for crimes unrelated to the robbery. Hakim Jamal was murdered in Boston in 1973. The murders of Guy and Bambas were never solved. The loot taken from the Baker Street Bank was thought to be in excess of 4 million pounds, more than that of the Great Train Robbery. Over 100 safe deposit box holders refused to identify their losses from the robbery. ibid. caption
A thief inspired by a Sherlock Holmes mystery attempts something outrageous; digging through eight tons of dirt they are confident they will hit their own payday. Greatest Heists with Pierce Brosnan s1e1: The Baker Street Bank Burglary, History 2023
The safe deposit boxes here at the Baker Street branch of Lloyds bank are where London’s rich and powerful stash their wealth. And their secrets. It’s a tantilising target. ibid.
Its bombproof door weights five tons; its steel reinforced concrete walls are three feet thick; and its one thousand safe-deposit boxes require two keys to open them; and then there are the alarms … ibid.
Tunnelling is slow difficult work. They have to do it for forty feet to reach the vault. ibid.
An amateur radio enthusiast has tuned in. ibid.