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Depot loot found in car repair shop


Detectives investigating Britain's largest robbery discovered several million pounds in cash at a car repair business in an industrial complex in southeast London, police said on Friday.

Officers who raided the industrial estate in Welling found a number of bags filled with notes in a yard behind the car repair shopbusiness, Kent police said. Though they said they were not certain how much money was in the bags, police indicated it was thought to amount to "several million pounds."

A 43-year-old man was arrested at the unit and was being questioned by police.

The robbery of the Securitas Cash Management warehouse in Kent, which is about 50km southeast of London, netted ?53 million (US$92 million) after the thieves kidnapped the cash depot manager, his wife and their 9-year-old son during the night of Feb. 21-22.

A total of five people have been charged so far in the case.

John Reeves, owner of ENR Cars where the bags of cash were found, left for Spain two days after the robbery. From there, he told reporters that he was innocent and would return to Britain should police wish to question him. He also said the man arrested was innocent, too.

He said the part of the building where the money appeared to have been found had been sublet to someone else.

Earlier on Friday, the police charged the fifth suspect in the case. Lea John Rusha, 33, a roofer, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, Kent police said.

Another one of those charged, Jetmir Bucpapa, 24, appeared in court and was ordered remanded in custody until a further court date on March 13. He is accused of conspiracy to commit robbery.

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