A security guard was tied up and 'robbed' of £7m in an "inside job" worthy of a Hollywood script, a court has heard.
Loomis van security guard Ranjeev Singh and driver Mohammad Siddique were transporting cash belonging to Credit Suisse from the BA cargo depot at Heathrow Airport to the Bank of Ireland.
Jurors at Kingston Crown Court heard they picked the money up at around 8.30am and that a short time later, Singh got out of the van to go to the toilet. When he came out Siddique had driven off with the £7million in cash.
Instead of raising the alarm Singh waited for 20 minutes and "nonchalantly" smoked a cigarette, before telling colleagues in another van what had happened.
It is one of the biggest in British criminal history.Prosecutor Sandip Patel QC
Meanwhile, the prosecution allege that Siddique was helping to shift the cash into a waiting car before being tied up and dumped in a remote area nearby, Kingston Crown Court was told. He was found a few hours later tied up in a remote area near Gerrard's Cross.
Jurors were told it was an "audacious" theft - one of the biggest in British criminal history - worthy of a Hollywood script called "the Heathrow Heist" and a classic "inside job".
The 28 bags of cash weighing nearly half a tonne have never been recovered.
Siddique, 31 and Singh, 40, are both charged with conspiracy to steal the cash.
Prosecutor Sandip Patel QC said: "It was £7million in cash stolen. It's an enormous amount, and I am going to use an American term which I like, it was a heist of £7million in cash.
"It was an audacious theft carefully planned and executed and you may think it would make a Hollywood movie script, they would call it the 'Heathrow Heist' if anyone wanted to write a script about it.
"It is one of the biggest in British criminal history, there have been bigger, but £7million in a significant amount.
"It was also an inside job, to use the colloquialism, and we say it had to be an inside job by these two defendants. They acted out their parts to the scripts they had already agreed."
It was an audacious theft carefully planned and executed and you may think it would make a Hollywood movie script.Prosecutor Sandip Patel QC
Siddique admits his involvement, Mr Patel said.
"He says he was involved and took part in the offence, but this defendant says he was forced to do it, he had to go along because he had no choice as he had been threatened and his family had been threatened," the prosecutor said.
The jury were told Rafaqat Hussain, 41, has already pleaded guilty to his part in the plot, and was described as one of the organisers, making arrangements with the two defendants and to make sure the "money was squirrelled away thereafter".
Siddique, of Slough, Berkshire, and Singh also of Slough, both deny one count of conspiracy to steal £7million from Credit Suisse.
The trial continues.