Sony warehouse robbed by ‘professional gang’ hours before fire, say new reports

New evidence suggests riots may have been used as a distraction for an organised robbery

According to new reports, the Sony DADC warehouse which was burned down during rioting in north London last month, was hit by a professional robbery hours earlier, which used the ongoing rioting as a distraction to carry out the heist.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Sony DADC distribution centre was deliberately targeted by a professional gang, who arrived with specialist cutting equipment and spent up to two hours dismantling a high security fence before breaking in.

The paper’s sources indicate that a fleet of vans then arrived and began to load up part of the contents of the warehouse, which also held Sony‘s more conventional stock like Playstations and televisions. They were able to do this after overwhelming the onsite security staff, who were unable to get police back up, as they were already overstretched in combatting ongoing disturbances across the UK capital.

After completing the robbery, the gang is thought to have invited other gangs in to continue the looting in an attempt to cover their tracks. They then left the premises. The fire allegedly broke out hours laters.

So far, five people have been arrested in connection with the break-in and fire. Two 17-year-old boys and men aged 18, 22 and 23 have been questioned over charges of looting and arson.

Stock from over 150 independent record labels, including XL, Domino and Sunday Best was lost in the blaze, with many labels still facing an uncertain future as a result of the fire.

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