Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

From The Guardian:

Antiquarian books worth more than £2m have been stolen by a gang who avoided a security system by abseiling into a west London warehouse.

The three thieves made off with more than 160 publications after raiding the storage facility near Heathrow in what has been labelled a Mission: Impossible-style break-in.

The gang are reported to have climbed on to the building’s roof and bored holes through the reinforced glass-fibre skylights before rappelling down 40ft of rope while avoiding motion-sensor alarms.

Scotland Yard confirmed that “a number of valuable books”, many from the 15th and 16th centuries, were stolen during the burglary in Feltham between 29 and 30 January.

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One source familiar with the case said: “They would be impossible to sell to any reputable dealer or auction house. We’re not talking Picassos or Rembrandts or even gold bars – these books would be impossible to fence. It must be for some one specialist. There must be a collector behind it. The books belong to three different dealers working at the very top of the market and altogether they form a fantastic collection.”

Link to the rest at The Guardian and thanks to MKS for the tip.

PG learned that abseil is another word for rappel.

7 thoughts on “Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse”

  1. Let’s see what we have here: a thief or thieves who knew about the glass skylights, knew how much rope they’d need, knew how to avoid the motion sensors, and knew the books were valuable. Now factor in that the books belonged to three dealers. Did one of them make a deal with a buyer and wanted to cut the other two out of the money?

  2. In my version, the real target of the theft was the Necronomicon and the rest of the books were taken simply as cover.

  3. PG,

    Conversely, I learnt that rappel is another word for abseil and that you say “learned” where I say “learnt” (unless it’s an adjective).

    “Two countries divided by a common language”?

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