The ringleader of the heist gang behind one of the biggest burglaries in English legal history has been ordered to pay back nearly ?6 million or serve an extra seven years in jail, police said on Thursday.
Michael Seed, 60, known as “Basil”, was jailed for 10 years in March 2019 over the 2015 Hatton Garden jewellery raid in the capital’s diamond district.
It netted ?13.7 million ($18.2 million) of gold, jewellery and precious stones.
A proceeds of crime hearing held in July has ruled that Seed must pay back ?5,997,664 ($7.7 million) within three months or see his sentence extended, a police statement said.
The alarm specialist evaded capture for three years following the daring burglary, in which the six-man gang used a diamond-tipped industrial drill to bore through a concrete vault wall over a long holiday weekend.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bedford of London’s Met Police said that