Sometime during the evening of 12th May 1855 £12,000 (equal to £1,011,341 in present day) was stolen from the firms of Abell and Co., Spielmann and Bult. The gold was was en route to France via London aboard a cross-channel steamer when the robbery occurred. When the boxes were weighed during a transfer in Boulogne a 40-pound discrepancy was overlooked and the gold continued on to France. Once in France, it was soon realized that inside the containers the gold was kept was, in fact, lead pellets. The robbers were never found.