are hunting for robbers who stole a substantial amount of cash, reportedly as
much as $5 million, from a British Airways (BA) security vehicle at London
Heathrow Airport today.
vehicle had been carrying cash which arrived on a British Airways flight from
Bahrain and was in the process of being taken to a second flight when the
robbery occurred within a secure airside area near Heathrow Terminal 4.
investigators from Scotland Yard say in a statement: “The [BA vehicle] driver
aged approximately 35 years was approached by the suspects and foced to the
ground and his hands were tied. The suspects transferred the cash from the BA
security vehicle into another vehicle, a Renault Mastervan with BA livery.”
the driver who was attacked suffered shock and wrist injuries, and was
hospitalised, his condition is not serious.
suspects drove away from the scene, in an unknown direction, and the Mastervan
vehicle was later found abandoned and burnt out in a district of London, with
no trace of the cash or the suspects.
this very early stage of the inquiry police are trying to establish the exact
circumstances of the robbery. No firearms were seen and there are no
descriptions available of the suspects at this time,” says the statement.
say that they are not disclosing the amount or nature of the currency, which
had arrived from Bahrain on flight BA124 – a service normally operated with a
Boeing 777 aircraft. A spokeswoman for BA also declines to disclose the
ultimate destination for the cash shipment, although reports suggest it was
bound for New York.