The Baker Street Robbery: A Royal Cover-up or Regular Heist?

Meet the Mastermind

In 1970, a 38-year-old photographer by the name of Anthony “Tony” Gavin, who was living in North London, came up with a plan. He had an idea for a type of crime that would be challenging for anyone to picture. His criminal project would be carried within one year, to be carried out on a day that happened to be notorious, but for other reasons.


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On September 11, 1971, the infamous Baker Street Robbery occurred. The elaborate scheme involved an underground tunnel, an explosive break-in, and a prize from some of the most powerful and wealthiest people in Britain. Gavin’s brainchild was to transform him from a nameless photographer to one of Europe’s well-known thieves. It would also spark a conspiracy that reached its way up to the Royal Family.

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