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  • A man with a stopwatch yells orders to the  crew as they unlock vaults and pile money  

  • into the truck sitting at the loading  dock. The robbers are heavily armed;  

  • they have locked the Securitas staff in metal  cages as they expertly maneuver their way  

  • through the building. Piles and piles of  cash are loaded into the getaway vehicle.

  • The Securitas Depot Heist is under way. It will  be the largest cash robbery in British history,  

  • but who is the mastermind behind it?

  • The man with the stopwatch calls out timing  and coordinates the movements of the robbers.  

  • Then, as suddenly as the heist startedit's over. The robbers leave the facility  

  • without tripping a single alarm or alerting  the authorities in any way. As they drive  

  • away the man with the stopwatch  around his neck removes his mask  

  • and smiles. It is UFC fighter Lee  Murray. He's stolen over £53 million.

  • Lee Murray was an MMA fighter who hadchance to make it big in the UFC. But how  

  • did this once famous fighter end up carrying  out the biggest bank heist in British history?  

  • Why did he do it? These questions and more  will all be answered, but first let's take  

  • a look at what created the fighter turned  bank robber Lee Murray in the first place.

  • Murray grew up in Woolwich, South East LondonAt an early age he joined a gang called the  

  • Barney Boys, named after the Barnfield  Estate housing projects they lived in.  

  • Murray was incarcerated as a juvenile at  the Feltham Young Offender Institution for  

  • selling marijuana and crack-cocaine. It was  in his rough early years that he learned how  

  • to fight, not because he wanted to, but  because he had to in order to survive.

  • Lee Murray was known as a ferocious puncher. In  fact, Robbie Lawler, a former UFC welterweight  

  • champion, remembers Murray during their time  training at Peacocks Boxing Gym together.  

  • In an interview with Sports Illustrated Lawler  said "Murray had world class punching power.”  

  • He would hit the mitts and  it would sound like gunfire.

  • Murray fought in several smaller promotional  fights before receiving a contract with the UFC.  

  • His record upon entering the Ultimate Fighting  Championship was 8-2-1. Although Lee Murray  

  • only ended up competing in one UFC fight, he  did not disappoint. Murray entered the arena  

  • to a screaming electric guitar playing over the  loudspeakers and wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask.

  • In his one and only UFC appearanceMurray won against Jorge Rivera  

  • in the first round usingtriangle choke/armbar. However,  

  • he never got to fight in a UFC match  again. There were complications with  

  • his United States visa because of an ongoing  criminal investigation against him in Britain.  

  • The crime that Murray was being tried for was  a vicious assault during a road rage incident.

  • Lee Murray continued to fight in different  MMA promotional events such as Cage Rage,  

  • but his fighting career came to an end when he was  stabbed multiple times in a bar fight. This event  

  • happened at a birthday party for TV actress Lauren  Pope, at a bar called Funky Buddha. Murray stated  

  • that the fight broke out when one of his friends  got into an altercation with another group of men.  

  • Murray tried to step in and help his friend  who was being pummeled by six other guys.

  • The chaos escalated when one of the attackers  pulled a knife and stabbed Murray in the head.  

  • Murray recalls thinking the stab was actually  a punch, so he wiped the blood from his face,  

  • and kept on fighting. Then he got stabbed again  and again, not noticing until the fight came  

  • to an end. Murray looked down at his chest  to see blood literally shooting out of it.

  • The irony is that this was not the first time  Murray had encountered a knife at Funky Buddha.  

  • A week before the almost fatal stabbing Murray  got into a fight with another gentleman at the  

  • bar who pulled a knife and slashed off one of  Murray's nipples. You would think that would  

  • be enough to keep Murray away from the bar  for a bit, but as it turns out, it was not.

  • These two stabbing events put an end to Murray's  traditional MMA career. He would not be able to  

  • enter the ring for many months, and even when his  wounds did heal, there was most likely permanent  

  • damage that would prevent him from fighting  again. His days of mixed martial arts were over.

  • Over the course of the next year Murray and  others in his gang planned a bank heist.  

  • It would be the largest robbery in  British history. On February 21, 2006  

  • Murrary led his gang of robbers on a job that  stole £53,116,760 from the Securitas Depot.

  • The setup for the crime was done weeks in  advance. Murray had one of the members of  

  • the gang named Ermir Hysenaj interview to  work the night shift at the Securitas Depot.  

  • A few months before the heist Hysenaj  sat down for a ten minute interview;  

  • Hysenaj was hired on the spot for 11 dollars  an hour. This inside man wore a camera on his  

  • belt buckle and recorded all the going ons inside  of the holding facility. With this information,  

  • Murray and his accomplices made a plan on how best  to steal the money within the walls of the vault.

  • The heist started not at the depot itselfbut on a backcountry road leading to the  

  • house of Mr. Colin Dixon. Dixon was a high level  manager at the depot and had security access to  

  • all the parts of the facility Murray  needed to get into. On February 21st  

  • Murray and one of the other robbers  dressed up in fake police uniforms  

  • and outfitted a car with blue flashing lights  to disguise it as an unmarked police car.

  • Dixon pulled over his car; two uniformed  men approached the driver side window.  

  • One of the phony officers flashed a fake badge  and ordered Dixon to step out of the vehicle.  

  • At the exact same time, a second  group of kidnappers were sent to  

  • Dixon's house to collect his wife and sonThe family was transposed to Elderen Farm  

  • and threatened at gunpoint to either cooperate  or die. The family, along with the armed robbers,  

  • were loaded into the back of a large transport  truck and drove to the Securitas Depot.

  • Murray and his gang of robbers reached the  depot just after midnight on February 22nd.  

  • The truck was accompanied by the fake police  car that pulled Dixon over the previous evening.  

  • Dixon was brought to the door of the facility  accompanied by a man dressed in a fake police  

  • uniform. Dixon and the robber were buzzed  in. As they entered the facility the fake  

  • police officer overpowered the security  guard and buzzed in the rest of the gang.  

  • They entered the facility wearing masks and  brandishing machine guns, shot guns, and pistols.

  • As the robbers made their way through the  facility with their high powered weapons,  

  • Dixon ordered the workers of the graveyard  shift to think of their families and surrender  

  • willingly. Luckily for the robbers none of the  workers tripped any of the alarms, which meant  

  • they would not be disturbed by the authorities  that night. 14 people were taken by the robbers,  

  • tied up, and secured in metal cages for money  transport as the gang plundered the depot.

  • Once all of the workers were rounded  up Murray forced Dixon to shut down  

  • the security system completely and hand  over the keys to the vault. At this point  

  • the truck that the robbers had ridden to  the depot pulled up to the loading dock.

  • The team of robbers loaded bags of cash into  the truck as the man with the stopwatch,  

  • who was later identified as Lee Murray, yelled  timing and orders. It was clear that this was  

  • a well thought out heist that took time to plan  and coordinate. The robbery went off without a  

  • hitch. No one was physically injured, and notsingle shot was fired. The alarms remained off  

  • for the entirety of the robbery. Once the truck  was loaded up with over £53 million worth of bank  

  • notes, the gang left. The workers and Dixon  family were kept locked in the money cages.

  • Around 3:00 A.M. Dixon's son was able  to squeeze through the bars of the cage  

  • he was being held in and call the police. But  at that point it was too late. Murray and his  

  • gang of robbers were long gone; no one had  any idea who they were or where they went.  

  • The police immediately set out to  find the criminals offering massive  

  • rewards to anyone who had information that  would lead to the arrest of the robbers.

  • The large reward for information, along  with missteps from members of the gang,  

  • led to arrests only days after the robberyAfter ten days five people were charged and  

  • millions of pounds were recovered. Later in  the investigation a make-up artist who had made  

  • prosthetic masks for the robbers turned on the  gang and testified against them. It was later  

  • reported that the gang put a bounty on her head  for 7 million pounds to stop her from leaking  

  • any more information to the police. Things were  unraveling quickly. But the main piece of evidence  

  • that helped the police track down the robbers  came from none other than Lee Murray himself.

  • Days before the bank heist Murray crashed his  bright yellow Ferrari. After the accident Murray  

  • left his cell phone in the car. On it wasrecording of him talking about the robbery  

  • with other members of the gang. Now the police  knew who the mastermind behind the Securitas  

  • Depot Heist was. Unfortunately for the copsMurray was already one step ahead of them.  

  • When members of the gang started being picked  up by the police Murray fled to Morocco.

  • Once in Morocco Murray was protected from  British authorities because there was no  

  • extradition treaty between  the countries at the time.  

  • Murray's father had been born there, which  granted Lee Murray automatic citizenship.  

  • Once safely in Morocco, Murray began livinglife of luxury. He bought a one million dollar  

  • mansion and then dumped hundreds of thousand of  dollars into renovating it. He had a massive mural  

  • painted on one of the walls commemorating his  only fight in the UFC. Murray drove around in a  

  • gold Mercedes-Benz and installed a multilevelfully equipped, gym in his mansion. He also  

  • commissioned bronze and gold statues of himself  that he used as decorations around the house.

  • This extravagant lifestyle didn't come  without its pitfalls. The British and Morrocan  

  • authorities began working closely together  to keep surveillance on Murray at all times.  

  • Eventually, Morrocan police arrested Murray  on drug charges. Then, in 2009 while in jail,  

  • British authorities became involved in his caseMurray knew he was in trouble. He attempted to  

  • escape prison using small saws that were smuggled  inside a plate of biscuits. This escape failed.

  • A year later, Lee Murray was  charged and convicted for his  

  • part in the Securitas Depot Heist. He  was sentenced to ten years in jail,  

  • which was eventually extended to twenty five  years to be served in a Moroccan prison. Other  

  • members of his gang who made it to Morocco were  sent back to Britain to serve their time there.

  • Lee Murray's story is unlike any other. He had  a rough childhood being raised in a gang run  

  • neighborhood where he learned to fight or dieHe spent time in jail as a juvenile because of  

  • his affiliation with the Barney Boys and his job  as a drug runner. Then he used his fighting skills  

  • to earn notoriety. He fought hard and made  it all the way to the UFC, living the life  

  • of a playboy along the way. When everything came  crashing down after being stabbed numerous times,  

  • ending his fighting career, Murray went  back to what he knew from his childhood,  

  • crime. He was able to pull off the  largest bank heist in British history  

  • where he and his accomplices stole  £53,116,760. Unfortunately for Lee Murray,  

  • he eventually got caught and is now serving his  twenty five year sentence in a Moroccan jail.

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UFC Fighter Pulls Off Biggest Bank Heist Ever

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/01
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