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PizDoff
1/28/2008 1:47pm,
Five found guilty of 53m robbery

Five men have been convicted of kidnap, robbery and firearms charges following the 53m raid at a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent, in 2006.

Two other men were cleared of all charges by the jury, following a trial lasting seven months.

The five who were convicted are due to be sentenced on Tuesday.

During the raid the depot manager, Colin Dixon, his wife and their child were kidnapped at gunpoint by men posing as police officers.

The family was told: "You will die if you do not do as you are told," the Old Bailey heard.

'Callous crime'

Those found guilty are: Stuart Royle, 49, of Allen Street, Maidstone, Kent; Jetmir Bucpapa, 26, of Hadlow Road, Tonbridge; garage owner Roger Coutts, 30, of The Green, Welling, south-east London; Lea Rusha, 35, of Lambersart Close, Southborough, Kent; Emir Hysenaj, aged 28, of New Road, Crowborough, East Sussex.

They had all denied conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to possess firearms.

The judge warned that the guilty men faced "very substantial" sentences.

John Fowler, 59, of Chart Hill Road, Staplehurst, Kent, and Keith Borer, 54, of Hempstead Lane, Maidstone, Kent, were cleared of involvement in the robbery.

The gang wore prosthetic disguises, normally used by actors, which were made by hairdresser Michelle Hogg.

She was initially charged by police but agreed to become a prosecution witness when all charges against her were dropped.

Speaking after the jury returned its verdicts, Roger Coe-Salazar, the chief crown prosecutor for Kent, said: "When you have a case of this magnitude it's easy for it to be romanticised like Ocean's 12 as a victimless crime.

"There is nothing romantic about a child being held at gunpoint by a masked man. This was a callous and highly dangerous crime."

CCTV cameras captured armed robbers holding the Dixon family and 14 members of staff hostage as they loaded cash into the back of a 7.5-tonne lorry.

Since the robbery in February 2006, police have recovered 21m of the stolen cash, the court was told.

Rusha, Royle, Coutts and Bucpapa were among robbers who burst into the Securitas depot in the early hours of 22 February 2006.

Rusha was one of the two men dressed as police officers who first kidnapped Mr Dixon then his family at gunpoint.

Hysenaj was a Securitas employee who filmed inside the depot using a hi-tech video camera the size of a 50p coin that was fitted to his belt.

Investigators were stunned by the scale and audacity of the biggest ever cash robbery in Britain.

he gang got away with what was described as a "king's ransom" in cash, but left behind 153m because no more could be fitted into their lorry.

Prosecutor Sir John Nutting told jurors that the robbers were inspired by the lure of "luxury, ease and idleness" and were prepared to target the "innocent and vulnerable" to achieve it.

After being kidnapped, the Dixon family was driven to the Securitas depot and tied up along with 14 terrified workers.

CCTV footage taken from the depot showed the robbers were armed with a Skorpion machine pistol, a pump-action shotgun, a handgun and an AK47 assault rifle.

Money gone abroad

Cash storage cages were used to imprison the hostages, who were warned as the robbers fled in the lorry: "We know where you live."

The Dixons' child eventually wriggled through bars in the cages and helped free the others.

Police said there was evidence of the robbery being planned as far back as July 2005, but the gang made mistakes which helped lead the 100-strong team of officers to them.

A large quantity of the missing money is thought to be in northern Cyprus and Morocco, in cash and assets.

A bin bag containing 105,600 was found buried under a tree at car dealer's Mr Fowler's property, Elderden Farm in Kent.

He told police the location of the money while the farm was being searched, saying he found the money in a vehicle which had been returned to him.

Kent Police confirmed in court that the investigation into the raid cost in excess of 5m and was unprecedented in its scale.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7199584.stm

Lea Rusha apparently is also Lee Murray I think, not sure. Also Lee Lamrani Ibrahim Murray.

colonelpong2
1/30/2008 1:27am,
Read about that one today. Had a strange premonition that it would be posted here within hours...

Roidie McDouchebag
1/30/2008 2:23am,
Sucks he got caught. Undeniably awesome. I mean, if you pull off the biggest robbery ever and KO Tito Ortiz standing at 160 lbs...you're the man.

Zencreative
1/30/2008 8:30am,
In the papers here (UK) they're not allowed to name Murray is wanted in connection with this, but they say "Mr Big is still at large in North Africa" or something similarly vague. Lea Rusha is NOT Lee Murray:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/01/28/nsecuritas428.xml

Roidie McDouchebag
1/30/2008 3:45pm,
That is awesome.

new2bjj
1/30/2008 4:06pm,
Chuck Liddell was on the radio this Monday saying that Murray cold cocked/blind sided Ortiz, and Murray was running from Ortiz when he (Liddell) got there. I'm no fan of Ortiz, but that sounds like a bitch move from a career criminal. I can see why some of you look up to him, though...

madhorsebjj
1/30/2008 5:30pm,
How dare you! Murray is a great guy. Just because they locked a woman and child in a cage in no way detracts from his greatness.
Seriously though this is a disgusting crime. People overlookd the violence and sadism involved in doing that to a father. Apparently they only escaped because the child got out the cage. what if he didn't?
Stuff like this makes me ashamed to be involved in martial arts

Zendetta
1/30/2008 5:57pm,
That is awesome.

53 million pounds will buy a lot of morrocan hash.

Roidie McDouchebag
1/31/2008 12:42am,
**** the haters. Hash, among other things.

feedback
1/31/2008 1:53pm,
That is awesome.

Murray is the man, thank god he's safe in Morocco.

Also, according to Matt Hughes, Ortiz was trying to walk Murray down and he hit him with a 5 punch combo off the back leg.

Eddie Hardon
2/04/2008 6:56am,
Murray is the man, thank god he's safe in Morocco.

Also, according to Matt Hughes, Ortiz was trying to walk Murray down and he hit him with a 5 punch combo off the back leg.

My emphasis. If he's involved in the 50+M robbery etc., then he deserves to go to prison for a long time for an act of criminality.

There is NO Robin Hood.