Member of elderly London heist gang dies in jail

A combination of custody images released by the Metropolitan Police Service on January 14, 2016 shows Terry Perkins, John Collins, Daniel Jones and Brian Reader who all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary over the raid at Hatton Safety Deposit Photo: AFP PHOTO / MPS

LONDON – One of the elderly ringleaders of a massive heist in London's Hatton Garden jewellery district died in prison on Monday, authorities said.

Terry Perkins, 69, was almost two years into a seven-year sentence at Belmarsh Prison near the capital. He had heart problems, and media reports said he died of natural causes.

 

Last week, he was warned by a judge that he faced another seven years in jail if he did not pay back £6.5 million ($9.11 million, 7.34 million euros) of the stolen money. His lawyer said he did not have the money.

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He was part of a gang of aged burglars which broke into a concrete vault in April 2015 using a diamond-tipped industrial drill, and made off with jewellery, gold and cash.

"Belmarsh prisoner Terry Perkins died in custody on Monday February 5, 2018," a Prison Service spokesman said.

"As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the prisons and probation ombudsman."

Three other ringleaders –John Collins, 77, Daniel Jones, 63, and Brian Reader, 78 – were also ordered to pay up or serve more time behind bars.

AFP

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