Fancy dress robbers hit London datacentre

A datacentre in central London, reportedly belonging to Verizon Business, has been robbed by thieves dressed as policemen.

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A datacentre in central London, reportedly belonging to Verizon Business, has been robbed by thieves dressed as policemen.

According to the Metropolitan Police, police were called by a member of staff of a telecommunications company office in King's Cross just after 10pm on Thursday night. "Three to five male suspects, dressed as police officers, gained entry to the property at approximately 21:00 by claiming to a member of staff," the police said in a statement.

Verizon Business delivers IP, data, voice and wireless systems to large businesses and government departments.

It seems that the thieves managed to convince staff that they were investigating reports of people on the roof of the building.

Five members of staff were tied up while the burglary took place. Although not injured, one victim was treated at the scene for shock by the London Ambulance Service.

The thieves made off with computer equipment, including motherboards. This sort of crime has rarely been seen in the UK's capital since the hight of the dot com boom.

"Police uniforms can be made to order in the organised crime world, or hired from fancy dress shops," a police spokesman said. "It is not that difficult."

Verizon Business could not be reached at the time of writing.

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