The Grandpa Gang Is A Successful Group Of Senior Citizen Thieves

Grandfathers: Maybe one of the least intimidating demographics out there. Yet on Easter weekend of 2015, a group of them pulled off what was the largest burglary in English history. This unlikely squad of conniving thieves responsible for stealing millions of dollars worth of valuables was dubbed the Grandpa Gang.

The thieves used a heavy-duty drill to bore huge holes into a concrete vault.

Playing The Age Card

The gang of men, who ranged in age from 42 to 76, spent three years planning an epic raid. Here's how it went down, according to Reuters: "The gang broke into the vault of [London's] Hatton Garden Safety Deposit building during the long Easter holiday weekend last year. They entered an elevator shaft and climbed down to the vault where they used heavy equipment to drill through a thick concrete wall. Initially thwarted, they returned the following day and ransacked 73 deposit boxes, stealing jewels, gold and cash worth 14 million pounds ($20 million)." As of January 2016, only about a third of that loot had been recovered.

Brian Reader, a 76-year-old man at the time of the theft, used his senior citizen pass for free bus fare to get to the scene of the crime. Who would have assumed it was a sweet old man at the center of a massive burglary? Don't let that cute grandaddy charm cloud your judgment. "We can't escape the fact that these people are callous, career criminals," Detective Superintendent Craig Turner told Reuters. "They had a long history of criminal activity behind them." In January 2015, three members of the gang were found guilty.

They raided more than 70 safety-deposit boxes and left them discarded in a pile.

Don't Let The Gramps Get You

Chances are, you probably don't have $20 million lying around your home for thieves to bust in and snag. But that's not to say you shouldn't worry about a potential home invasion and/or robbery. Steps you can take to prevent home theft include the following: get to know your neighbors, leave a radio on when you're away, keep windows and doors locked at all times, install motion sensors, and keep valuables out of the master bedroom.

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Written by Curiosity Staff February 10, 2017

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