Lee Murray. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC veteran “Lightning” Lee Murray has been sentenced to 10 years in a Moroccan prison for his part in the Securitas cash depot heist.
Murray was said to be the “mastermind” behind the heist that saw a team of thieves steal £53 million ($77 million) from a Kent Securitas depot in Tonbridge, England. Due to Murray’s Moroccan background, authorities were unable to get Murray extradited back to the U.K. to stand trial.
According to the BBC report, more than 13 people were charged with offenses connected to the robbery and six were convicted.
Murray is suspected to be one of the culprits who posed as a police officer and ambushed depot manager Colin Dixon and kidnapped his wife and child. Murray garnered the nickname “stopwatch” by detectives because he could be seen on camera ordering everyone around and timing their every move.
Murray has been in jail for four years on charges related to the heist which means he currently has another six years to serve.
Police have recovered £21 million ($31 million) of the original £53 million stolen. Authorities have stated that in their attempts to track the money down they’ve received inquiries focused on the Middle East.
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