Baker Street Bank robbery

Baker Street Bank robbery

Baker Street Bank robberyOn the evening of September 11th, Robert Rowlands turned on his ham radio, just as he was just about to go to bed. Rowlands, a radio enthusiast, enjoyed listening to local walkie talkie feeds, but on this night he heard what sounded like a bank robbery. Calling the police Rowlands explained what he had heard, but the authorities were unreceptive. The police thought Rowlands was trying to stage a hoax and told him to record what he heard and to bring the recordings to the station. After calling Scotland Yard hours later, he played back some of the tape. The police soon dispatched officers to Rowland’s apartment. Listening to the radio and finally believing Rowlands, officers sent out officers to inspect banks within a 10-mile radius of the apartment. Police combed near by banks including Baker Street Bank but were unable to find the robbers. By the time police figured out the robbery had in fact taken place at Baker Street Bank thieves had walked away with £1.5m cash (2017: £21m). The robbery spawned many conspiracies along with the 2008 film The Bank Job. British Authorities issued a D-Notice on the case, (a request to news editors not publish) as legend has it compromising images of Princess Margaret were stolen from lock boxes in the robbery. The robbers have yet to be found.