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  AMY, 27  
  HEIST  
    - Introduction  
    - Translations & Rights  
  FAB: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney  
  FRED & ROSE  
  CHARLES BUKOWSKI: LOCKED IN THE ARMS OF A CRAZY LIFE  
  BUKOWSKI IN PICTURES  
  DOWN THE HIGHWAY: THE LIFE OF BOB DYLAN  
  THE WICKED GAME  
  SEVENTIES  
       
       
       
       
       
 
 
  Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney  
 
  Buy Heist in the UK at Amazon.co.uk  
   

Heist: The True Story Of The World's Biggest Cash Robbery

Heist is the true story of a classic criminal caper - how a gang stole £53 million from a cash warehouse in Tonbridge, Kent, in 2006.

The case – sometimes known as the Securitas robbery, after the firm that owned the depot – is the biggest cash robbery in peacetime history.

Despite the size of the haul, the heist gang were not slick, professional criminals, but a mob of misfits, knuckleheads and chancers led by a former cage fighter.

Howard Sounes explains how the gang came together, how they plotted to kidnap the manager of the cash depot and his family in order to get inside, then stole a record amount of money which they struggled to dispose of.

In the months that followed arrests were made and suspects brought to trial. But despite several convictions, others were able to get away and a large proportion of the stolen money has not been found.

Howard Sounes spent three years investigating the heist gang and attended every day of the trials at the Old Bailey.

As a result, Heist is a meticulously detailed work in which the characters come alive in an unusually realistic way – giving the reader a vivid insight into the criminal underclass.

Although this was not a crime without victims, it is frequently also a very funny story, for the heist gang were in many ways hopelessly inept.

Heist is available in paperback from Pocket Books (Simon and Schuster UK) and as an e-book.

It has been optioned as the basis of a feature film.

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