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Five guilty of 'biggest ever' UK heist

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  • Five men guilty of Britain's biggest ever cash robbery
  • Take from holdup topped $92 million
  • Amount doubled the previous British record
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- A London court Monday found five men guilty of Britain's biggest ever cash robbery.


A policeman guards a truck involved in the heist.

A jury at the Old Bailey court convicted the men after a five-month trial, a court spokesman said. One man was acquitted.

Sentencing was expected as early as Tuesday, the spokesman said.

The men were convicted of the February 2006 holdup of the Securitas AB cash depot in Tonbridge, Kent, about 30 miles southeast of London.

Lea Rusha, 35, a former roofer; car salesman Stuart Royle, 49; unemployed Jetmir Bucpapa, 26; garage owner Roger Coutts, 30 and Emir Hysenaj, 28, a postal worker were convicted. John Fowler, 59, was cleared of all charges.

Investigators said the take from the holdup topped £53.1 million, which was slightly more than $92 million at the time.

The amount doubled the previous record of £26.5 million stolen from the Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2004.


Investigators said the perpetrators held the depot manager's wife and 9-year-old son hostage as they forced the manager to let them inside the facility.

Police recovered just £20 millions of the stolen money, along with hoods, guns, and body armor believed to have been used in the heist. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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