Britain's Biggest Heists TV - Masterminds TV -
In 1987 affluent Knightsbridge, London, is the scene of an armed raid so spectacular it’s set to enter the criminal records books as one of the heists of the century. A staggering £40,000,000 of valuables is stolen when a ruthless Italian robber smashes his way into hundreds of safety deposit boxes. Britain’s Biggest Heists s1e3: Knightsbridge, 2010
As [Parvez] Latif shows the men the facilities the mood quickly changes when one of them pulls a gun. With a gun to his back the owner is quickly led to the security room ... The security deposit boxes are housed in a solid steel vault in the basement of the building. Four thousand containers line the room but only eight hundred are in use, holding anything from deeds and bombs to cash and jewellery. ibid.
Officers may have a fingerprint but matching it to a suspect is a different matter ... Valerio Viccei is a criminal like no other: flash, brash and with good looks t’boot. He’d got Italian charm, charisma and a playboy lifestyle. ibid.
Detectives discovered he [Viccei] was responsible for at least five armed robberies in London netting him over a quarter of a million pounds to fund work on Knightsbridge amongst other things. ibid.
A mastermind unmatched for his sheer brilliance. A career criminal in search of the biggest robbery in history. A man who’d go to any lengths to achieve his goal. A dedication that paid off with a $65 million heist. Masterminds s1e3: The Knightsbridge Heist, History 2011
With 24 bank robberies under his belt he headed to London. ibid.
The biggest haul in history. ibid.