Sunday 11 December 2016

Hatton Garden thief claims he offered to lead police to stashed loot following £20m heist

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 08/10/2015 | 19:43

A convoy of police vans arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London transporting eight men who have been charged with conspiracy to burgle following the Hatton Garden jewellery raid
A convoy of police vans arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London transporting eight men who have been charged with conspiracy to burgle following the Hatton Garden jewellery raid
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of (front row left to right) Paul Reeder, William Lincoln, John Collins, Brian Reeder and Hugh Doyle, (back row left to right) Daniel Jones, Terry Perkins (obscured) and Carl Wood making their first appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court in London where they are accused of the Hatton Garden jewellery raid

A man who took part in the Hatton Garden heist has sensationally claimed that he offered to lead police to where he hid his share of the stolen loot.

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Danny Jones (58) wrote to Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt, explaining that he wants to 'do the right thing and give it back'.

He is currently in a maximum security prison after admitting his part in the £20m heist.

"I now understand that the police said that the prison Belmarsh won’t release me to the police. What a load of bull.

"The police can’t want it back, as I’m the only person in the world to know where it is, deep down.

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"I want to do the right thing and give it back." he wrote.

To date four men have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle the Hatton Garden safe deposit centre in London.

Nine others stand accused of involvement with the infamous robbery

The burglary saw thieves break into the vault using a drill to bore a hole 20in deep, 10in high and 18in into a wall.

Read More: Nine men - aged between 43 and 76 - in custody in connection with Hatton Garden jewellery raid

Officers believe they got into the building, which houses a number of businesses, through a communal entrance before disabling the lift so they could climb down the shaft to the basement.

Once inside, the thieves ransacked 73 safety deposit boxes, taking items worth millions of pounds.

"If I don’t get the chance to go out under armed escort, I hope some poor sod who’s having it hard out there with his or her family find the lot and have a nice life, as you never know, people do find things, don’t they," Jones said.

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