Thanks for the gold and merry Christmas (1983)

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

1983 -

The security firm thought the building was bandit proof, but they hadn’t thought of one of their own guards simply opening the door. Robbers entered a building, tied up the guards and threatened to light them on fire if they did not tell them how to open the vault. After the guards told them, the robbers thanked them for their help and wished them a merry Christmas. The robbers expected to find 2 million pounds worth of gold. Instead they found 26 million pounds (now £80,5 million). The building that was robbed was Brink’s-mat.

Two in jail, four in the pub
Two of the six robbers have been caught and according to crime reporter Andrew Jennings you can find the remaining four among the pubs in England. Most people know who the robbers are, but the police just can’t arrest them because of a lack of evidence.

Goldfinger on vacation
John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer was heavily involved with the smelting of the ill gotten gold. The police was ready to arrest him, only to find that he took a convenient family vacation to Tenerife. In 2015 he was shot and found dead in his own home.

360 trivial fact
Most of the stolen gold has never been recovered. About half of the gold was smelted and most likely found its way back into the open market. The BBC claimed that any golden jewellery bought after 1983 in the United Kingdom is probably Brink’s-Mat gold.


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