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You need a good alarm man on every job and The Ghost is the best. He's a clever kid ...the police won't have much on him; BRITAIN'S BIGGEST BURGLARY: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: TOM PETTIFOR Chief Crime Correspondent

ONE of the Hatton Garden gang has been dubbed The Ghost after vanishing without a trace following the heist.

The computer genius, who disabled the vault's high-tech alarm systems, is now one of Scotland Yard's most wanted fugitives.

Police yesterday repeated their offer of a PS20,000 reward for information about the mystery thief.

But a gang insider believes the "proper professional", who only got PS180,000 and was cheated out of his fair share by his greedy co-conspirators, will never be found.

The underworld source said last night: "He's a clever kid and the police won't have much on him, he's too good for that. He will have hidden his whack somewhere secure in the UK and gone on his toes.

"I don't know where he is now. On every job you need a good alarm man and The Ghost is the best."

He luckily kept his distance as the gang reassembled the loot to smelt it down and share it back out.

Police raided the meet but have failed to trace The Ghost.

The expert crook, given the name Basil in court, was headhunted by heist mastermind Brian Reader after the elderly burglar was impressed by his nerve when overcoming the most sophisticated security systems.

After planning the raid meticulously for years with Reader, he coolly and calmly executed it without hesitation before disappearing. Even today, most of the gang still have no idea of his true identity.

Details about him and the crime itself can be now exclusively revealed for the first time after interviews with an insider.

A trained electrician, The Ghost, who lived less than a mile from Hatton Garden, was described as the "brains" of the outfit.

Only Reader knew his true identity and even he did not have his phone number.

The Ghost is single, originally comes from the South East, is around 6ft and of slight build.

He has no children and is in his mid-50s, making him the youngest of the ringleaders.

Basil is not believed to be his real name and he carefully hid his greying brown hair under a ginger wig during the raid.

He is believed to have pulled off a number of burglaries in the last 20 years but has never been caught.

The source added: "He got into crime in his mid-30s and he didn't need much coaching.

"Brian recognised his ability and brought him on board."

His father has passed away but The Ghost's mother is still alive and he has brothers and sisters living in the UK.

The gang's hierarchy was split between The Ghost and Reader, the only true specialist burglars on the team, and the rest - who the source described as "labourers".

The two master thieves have known each other about 20 years but do not have records for using violence in the past.

By contrast Terry Perkins and Danny Jones have convictions for armed robberies and the Mirror can reveal they swindled The Ghost and Reader out of their PS3million share when it came to the "cut-up".

The source, who spoke to The Ghost soon after the raid, said: "It's poetic justice in the end for those two but I feel sorry for Brian and The Ghost."

The insider described what happened when the gang got to Kenny Collins' house with the loot after driving from Hatton Garden.

Collins, Perkins, Jones and The Ghost ,separated around PS300,000, which was the total cash haul.

He said: "They all thought they'd get fortunes in cash but they didn't.

"The Ghost had bits of gold but didn't even get a diamond.

"Afterwards he asked me, 'Do you think I'll get anything more?' I said, 'You won't get a dollar more from them'. Those three must be kicking themselves in the nick now for being so greedy and stupid."

As well as PS80,000 in cash The Ghost got away with a small lunchbox-sized stash of gold bullion, worth around PS100,000.

The source said: "He had around PS1,000 in out-of-date money and some foreign cash. He didn't know where to find Jones or Perkins, but he knew where Collins walked his dog and said he was going to wait for him there and confront him about it. I haven't seen him since." The gang's meticulous preparations began to come unstuck on the first night of drilling when Reader decided not to return.

The source said: "Brian would have made them cut it up immediately and if they'd done that they probably would have got away with it.

"Collins, Perkins and Jones were just labourers. Those three would never have been able to get through the front door in the first place without Brian and The Ghost."

Police yesterday appealed for information leading to the capture and conviction of The Ghost.

Supt Craig Turner said: "The investigation is still ongoing. We will seek to identify the individual known as Basil and I will refresh my appeal and offer a PS20,000 reward for any information that leads to his identification."


The investigation is still ongoing. We will seek to identify this individual DET SUPT CRAIG TURNER ON POLICE HUNT TO FIND 'BASIL'


REWARD Det Supt Craig Turner

HAUL Ghost got cash and gold from vault

'BASIL' THE GHOST The alarms expert, seen here on CCTV, is still at large

DISGUISE The Ghost is wearing a ginger wig on CCTV footage

ALARM The Ghost, a trained electrician, disabled the complicated alarm system
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 15, 2016
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