Was the PIAS fire a professional job?

02.09.11

When the Sony warehouse burned the livelihoods of over 150 independent labels, thoughts jumped instantly to the feral youths of myth. Now, evidence is emerging that the culprits were a professional gang, using the unrest, and ensuing stretched police force, as a cover to take what they could, as the Telegraph reports:

Sources in the security industry disclosed that intruders first arrived wielding specialist cutting equipment and spent up to two hours dismantling a high security fence before breaking in.

It is claimed that they then summoned a fleet of vans and drove inside the premises, which are set back from the main focus of rioting in the area, before beginning to load up stock.

According to one source, security guards on site were effectively overwhelmed and unable to fend off the intruders, knowing that police were already stretched as anarchy gripped the capital.

After loading up with stolen goods, the robbers are then said to have invited other gangs in to continue the looting in an attempt to cover their tracks.

By the time a crowd of youths were seen inside the warehouse helping themselves to stock including games consoles, the original robbers had already left the scene.

So far, five youths have been charged over the fire, which surprisingly few are calling the apocal-PIAS and was one of the largest during the wave of anarchy that gripped England last month.