Now, a lawsuit filed by an insurer for the drugmaker purports to have an answer: the thieves had "detailed technical knowledge of the system." And the lawsuit, which was filed by National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, cites several similar episodes in which one of the ringleaders in the Lilly theft had also been charged with burglarizing warehouses belonging to other companies around the country. And these had ADT systems.
The lawsuit alleges that, thanks to ADT plans, the thieves knew the only loading bay that was outside the view of surveillance cameras in which to park a tractor trailer; the area of the roof in which to cut a 2-foot by 2-foot hole that was the only safe point of entry and would not be detected by the security system, and the precise spot in the warehouse where they should rappel down ropes and remain invisible to cameras and detectors.
The lawsuit, which seeks $42.1 million in damages, maintains Amaury and Amed Villa (in photo at the right), who lived in from Florida, had access to the February 2010 security plan and, consequently, the weaknesses in Lilly security. The insurer notes that ADT maintained a centralized storage repository for client information in Florida, where the Villas were living, and alleges they had "unique and confidential knowledge of the security system" (here is the lawsuit).
The lawsuit does not indicate how the Villa brothers may have obtained the ADT plan. We have asked attorneys that represent the insurer for comment and will update you accordingly. An ADT spokeswoman tells The Star-Ledger of New Jersey, which first reported the lawsuit, that it no longer provides large commercial security systems and referred questions to Tyco Integrated Security. We have also asked Tyco for comment. [UPDATE: A Tyco spokesman says the company does not comment on litigation.]
Until they were arrested, the Villa brothers, who go on trial next month, had successfully pilfered such merchandise cell phones and cigarettes in similarly spectacular fashion. The 22 members of the Villa team had their own trucks, storage facilities and black market wholesalers to dispose of goods stolen from warehouses all over the country, the paper notes, citing court documents in several states.
The thieves could be particularly brazen: They spent five hours at the Lilly warehouse, where they used a forklift inside the building to load numerous boxes of different Lilly meds, including the Zyprexa antipsychotic, Gemzar cancer med and Prozac antidepressant. In fact, they may not have gotten caught if Amed Villa had not left behind a water bottle and coffee cup, which provided the feds with DNA evidence.