Robbers stole computer equipment from a Verizon Business datacentre in London after persuading staff they were police chasing criminals they had seen on the building's roof.
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Verizon confirmed the theft, saying "On 6 December 2007 at approximately 2117 GMT the Verizon Business UK's facility experienced an equipment-related incident. Services remained operational during this period. Verizon Business, in conjunction with the relevant authorities, is undertaking a thorough investigation of the incident."
The Metropolitan Police's Serious and Organised Crime Command is investigating the crime, thought to be worth up to £1m.