Saturday, August 12, 2017

Missing Gold Mystery...!

Let's start the weekend off with a little mystery involving a lot of gold that seems to have gone missing.

Now, it seems to me that for someone to walk away with this much gold and not leave a trace...is pretty much impossible. I mean, 6,800 bars of gold is not something you can just throw in a backpack, ya know?

The Case Of The Stolen Gold



Following a massive theft of gold bullion and diamonds in November 1983, Scotland Yard admitted that it was baffled. Police hadn’t been able to identify “a single solid clue,” one officer said.

Authorities feared that the 6,800 bars of gold, worth $40 million at the time, might have been melted to destroy their identifying marks and then taken out of the country. The sale of the stolen diamonds, worth $175,000, posed no problem for the thieves because the gems lacked such marks.

The gold was being stored in the Brink’s-Mat Ltd. warehouse in Hounslow, adjacent to Heathrow, when six robbers stole it despite an array of alarms, searchlights, closed-circuit television cameras, and heavy automatic doors. Police suspected that the thieves used information supplied by someone planted in the Brink’s staff or by a Brink’s employee.

Six security guards on duty during the robbery saw three of the robbers. But they were unable to provide detailed descriptions of the suspects, who wore hoods, and nothing was known of the vehicles used by the gang.

Although insurance companies offered $3 million for information concerning the stolen items, no one came forth with any tips. The investigation was impeded by the nation’s newspaper strike, which prevented authorities from appealing to the public for assistance.

My guess is that it was definitely an inside job. Pretty slick to make off with that much gold at one time, wouldn't you say?

Coffee out on the patio, where it's already hot this morning.

11 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

Wow!

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
Lots of gold, isn't it? Probably very heavy, as well.
Thanks for stopping by this morning!

Sixbears said...

That, my friend, is a lot of gold. Something fishy is going on here. Rarely do you hear of a major job like this going off without a hitch. Usually some evidence is left behind or someone talks.

Momlady said...

Wonder if the authorities checked bank accounts. There had to be inside help.

HermitJim said...

Hey Sixbears...
Indeed it is a lot of gold! No easy task in moving it, I would think.
Thanks for the visit this morning!


Hey Momlady...
Surely they did.I'm thinking inside help for sure.
Thanks for coming over today!

JO said...

Such a fishy story indeed. Did they over power the guards that no alarms were set off? No this is inside job all the way and to get a share of that money these guys would take this information to their grave.

Temps here are only going to be 97 but when I let Fred out the humidity push be back inside.

Beth Bailey said...

The robbers must have been of super human strength much less extremely smart. I say every employee was involved. The apples are ripening faster than I can use them. I made fresh apple fritters. Interested? Love you, Bubba.

Dizzy-Dick said...

6800 bars of gold would take some heavy equipment to move it all, unless it was stolen over time, one bar at a time.

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
I don't know what was going on with the guards. Like you, I figure it had to be an inside job.
Thanks for dropping by today, sweetie.


Hey B...
I'd love some fresh apple fritters! Gonna try and make a berry cobbler later.
Thanks for coming over today, sis!


Hey Dizzy...
Had to be at least one forklift involved, I reckon. Not exactly a quiet robbery, for sure!
Thanks for the visit today!

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

It's still there, it's just invisable. Wait until someone stumps their toe on a gold bar ...

Big hugs ~

HermitJim said...

Hey Sis...
I hadn't thought of that. Gonna hurt when it happens, for sure.
Thanks for the visit today!