Gold Stash May Solve $51M British Heist

Detectives aim to link secret bullion with long, bloody case
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2008 8:12 PM CDT
"Every box is a story, a potential investigation," said one official.   (Index Stock)
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(Newser) – After a long, bloody trail, British investigators may be close to cracking the case of six robbers who lifted $51 million in gold from a London warehouse 25 years ago. Last week, while tracking proceeds from organized crime, Scotland Yard detectives uncovered six suitcases packed with $15 million worth of gold inside a deposit box, the Guardian reports.

The bounty, possibly bullion not recovered from the heist, is Britain’s single largest discovery of unexplained gold. Authorities suspect mobsters stashed some in a deposit box and turned the rest into cash. So far, six people linked to the crime have been murdered, and one official says they plan to investigate other deposit boxes: “Every box is a story, a potential investigation.”