Hatton Garden ringleader admits role in earlier 1 million pound heist

Daniel Jones who is currently serving a prison sentence for his role in the Hatton Garden jewel robbery, has now admitted he and another man broke into a safe in Chatila jewelers in Mayfair to steal 1 million pounds of jewelry in August 2010. Photo courtesy London Metropolitan Police/EPA

Feb. 19 (UPI) — One of the ringleaders in England’s largest jewelry heist admitted to stealing 1 million pounds of valuables in another burglary five years earlier.

Daniel Jones, 59, who is serving seven years in prison for his role in the 2015 Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company heist admitted to stealing jewelry from a safe in Chatila jewelers in Mayfair in August 2010.

Jones and another burglar allegedly made off with 1 million pounds ($1.2 million) in gems, jewelry and watches in addition to 45,000 pounds ($ 55,854 USD) in cash.

Jones pleaded guilty to one count of burglary on Friday. Two other men have pleaded not guilty and are slated to stand trial for the Chatila heist later this month.

Terry Perkins, 68, pleaded not guilty to robbery and Charles Matthew, 54, pleaded not guilty to handling stolen goods. Both men are scheduled to stand trial Feb. 27.

The Hatton Garden jewel heist was the largest in England’s history after a group of seven men made off with more than 14 million pounds of valuables. Six of the seven men authorities said were responsible have been convicted, while the seventh suspect remains at large.


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