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Manger of Robbed Safe Deposit Center Arrested

August 15, 1987 GMT

LONDON (AP) _ Police said today they have arrested the managing director of a safe deposit center robbed of an estimated $47 million worth of jewels and cash in Britain’s biggest-ever robbery.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said Parvez Latif, 30, was arrested Friday following a series of raids in which police recovered millions of dollars worth of jewels stolen in the July 12 robbery of the Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Center.

The spokeswoman said no charges had been filed against Latif by late Saturday afternoon. She refused to discuss the nature of the questioning other than to say it concerned the robbery at the safe deposit center.

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The spokeswoman said an unidentified woman also was being questioned about the robbery. The spokeswoman, in line with Yard practice, asked not to be identified by name.

Meanwhile, an eighth suspect was charged Saturday in connection with the holdup. Peter O’Donaghue, 33, an unemployed man from London, was arraigned in Horseferry Magistrates Court on a charge of ″dishonest handling.″ Police did not specify what item, or items, O’Donaghue was accused of possessing.

Earlier this week, four men were charged with robbery and one man and two women with handling jewels or cash stolen from the safe deposit center.

Initial reports of the robbery said two well-dressed with guns hidden in briefcases got into the center by posing as potential clients. Police said the men chained two security guards and broke into 113 of the center’s 4,000 deposit boxes.