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Finally, ‘Basil,’ the alarm specialist, jailed over huge UK diamond heist

A 58-year-old man nicknamed “Basil” on Friday was jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of being the final member of a gang of aging criminals who carried out one of the most audacious robberies in the annals of British crime.

The gang ransacked 73 deposit boxes at the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit building in London’s jewelry district over the Easter weekend of 2015, stealing gold, silver, diamonds and jewelry worth 13.5 million pounds (18 million dollars).

Disguised as workmen, they abseiled down a lift shaft over the Easter weekend and used a diamond-tipped drill to cut through the vault wall.

It was Britain’s biggest-ever robbery and much of the haul was never recovered.

Michael Seed was jailed at Woolwich Crown Court in London after the jury accepted prosecution evidence that he was the man, nicknamed Basil by the rest of the gang, who had remained at large.

“We were able to prove he was not only involved but was one of the ringleaders.

“He was the only member of the group with the technical knowledge to defeat complex alarm systems,’’ Kate Mulholland of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Basil was seen on closed-circuit TV inside the building wearing a ginger wig and a face-covering as a disguise.

The rest of the ringleaders: Brian Reader, 77 at the time, Terry Perkins, 67, Daniel Jones, 61, and John ‘Kenny’ Collins, 75, were identified in the weeks after and eventually jailed.

Others who helped them were also convicted.

However, Basil remained unidentified, having last been seen on CCTV walking away from Hatton Garden with a large plastic bag over his shoulder.

Three years later, police raided Seed’s one-bedroom flat in north London and found items stolen from Hatton Garden including jewelry and gold ingots.

“Seed told police he was an amateur jeweler and had come by the items innocently,’’ the CPS said.

Burglar alarm technical manuals were also found along with signal blockers for alarms, and a machine for melting precious metals.

When the other ringleaders were sentenced in 2016, Judge Christopher Kinch said: “It is clear that the burglary stands in a class of its own in the scale of the ambition

“The detail of the planning, the level of preparation and the organisation of the team carried it out.”

Like Britain’s Great Train Robbery of 1963 with which the Hatton Garden raid was inevitably compared, it was later the subject of books and films.

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