10 of the most daring robberies in history
History suggests that we tend to idealize extraordinary criminal personalities. Even those robbers who do not divide their victims into rich and poor, still have their fans admiring their audacity.
With the development of security technology, gangsters have also become more cunning and sophisticated - this is the flip side of innovation, supporting a kind of balance.
We present you some of the most daring and ingenious robberies in history.
1. Raid on the Millennium Dome
year 2000. In London, finally, completed the construction of buildings, known as the Millennium Dome, and it took a lot of money disastrously. Among the many exhibitions taking place in this building was the exposition of diamonds. The main exhibit, the Millennium Star, is a flawless diamond weighing 203 carats and worth $ 250 million. The robbers planned to rush in with machine guns at the ready, grab the diamonds and evaporate on the waiting boat. But the plan failed, as the London police had already watched them in connection with several attacks on collection vehicles, and the criminals were arrested on the spot.
2Robbery of the Isabella Museum Stuart Gardner
1990 year. All of Boston celebrated St. Patrick's Day, residents of the city drank beer and discussed the Yankees. At this time, two robbers, disguised as police officers, entered the museum and stole 13 works of art, among which were paintings by Rembrandt, Manet and several works by Degas. The total damage was estimated at 500 million dollars. Now there are empty frames in the hall, in deference to the stolen paintings and in the hope that one day they will return to their place. This is one of the most high-profile unsolved crimes to date.
3. Bank robbery with a bomb on his neck
For those who watched the movie “Have time for 30 minutes”, this story may seem familiar, though the reality was much more tragic. In 2003, a pizza peddler came to the bank and handed the cashier a note asking him to give him the money, and then he raised his shirt to demonstrate an explosive device attached to his neck and chest. In less than 15 minutes, the state police arrested him. He shouted that he was forced to commit a robbery and that the bomb was about to explode. The police cordoned off the station in anticipation of the sappers, but the squad had not yet arrived at the scene, as the bomb began to squeak and explode.
4. 6 billion aid from the United States stolen in Iraq
In the chaos of post-Saddam Iraq — with personal security agents, former Iraqi military and the US army fighting for control in the region — someone disappeared with the $ 6 billion that Congress allocated to the country. Special Inspector General for Reconstruction of Iraq, Stuart Bowen, acknowledged that he didn’t count the money and called it “the biggest theft of funds in national history.” The incredible amount, the complete absence of any results of the investigation, and the fact that everyone seemed to have forgotten about it, makes this crime the largest and strangest of all the robberies.
5. Theft from the vault of a French bank
In 2010, a gang of robbers, using some complicated tools, dug a tunnel and snuck into the vault of one of the Parisian banks, where members of the gang cleared about a hundred deposit cells. The exact amount of the stolen is unknown, because wealthy clients independently managed their cells. A very similar crime occurred a month earlier in a bank in the northern part of the city, where they also robbed about a hundred cells. Under suspicion the same mysterious gang.
6. The great train robbery
In 1963, 2.3 million pounds (40 millionpounds today) was stolen from a postal train in England. A gang of 15 people managed to sprinkle this thing even without a weapon. The money was brought in to be burned, and the criminals could easily disappear with them if they didn’t sit down in the barn where they were hiding and play in “Monopoly” with stolen cash. Everywhere in the barn were their prints. It's true.
7. D.B. Cooper
Favorite conspiracy theorists D. B. Cooper made the only undiscovered hijacking in the history of the United States. In 1971, an unknown man, who was later given the nickname D. B. Cooper, hijacked a Boeing 727, received a ransom of $ 200,000 and jumped out of the plane with money somewhere between Portland and Seattle. Despite years of searching and the ongoing FBI investigation, neither the body nor the money was ever found. The fate of this man is unknown, but his case remains open for the past 40 years, and during this time 60 volumes of assumptions and versions have been accumulated.
8. Robbery from a helicopter
In 2009, the Swedish police, accustomed to order, encountered a highly organized, impudent gang of criminals. This was the first crime committed in the country with the help of a helicopter. A gang of robbers in a hijacked helicopter landed on the roof of the bank building.They broke the glass with sledgehammers, blew up the security doors, proceeded to the currency storage room, and tried to disappear with bags of stolen money. All the police cars arriving at the crime scene were punctured by tires, since the criminals had previously scattered spike balls on the road. None of the captured robbers received more than 7 years of imprisonment. So, if you want to practice your criminal skills in any country, Sweden is the most suitable.
9. Thomas Blood and the Crown of the British Empire
1671 Thomas Blood was an Irish assassin who decided to try his hand at a robbery. His “modest” target was the jewels of the Crown of the British Empire, which were kept in the Tower of London and guarded by a huge amount of guard. Blood's plan included dressing up, a fake title, a fake wife (played by a prostitute), and a fake nephew who allegedly intended to marry the daughter of Edward Talbot, the Guardian of the Crown. Looking around, the gangsters stunned Talbot, broke the glass with a hammer, behind which the jewels lay and, pushing the booty into their pockets, tried to escape. However, they did not manage to go far.They say several guards dragged them from their horses. Blad was lucky, King Charles II was so amused by the attempt that he forgave Thomas and allowed him to go to Ireland.
10. Diamond robbery in Antwerp
This robbery of 2003 was dubbed the “Robbery of the Century”. A huge amount of gold, diamonds and other jewels was stolen from the Antwerp Diamond Center. The cost of the stolen was estimated at $ 100 million, but as it turned out, all this is somewhat embellished. Leonardo Notarbartolo, who had served a prison sentence for 3 years, organized a robbery. As part of his ingenious plan, Leonardo established himself as an Italian diamond dealer and earned the trust in the center. 123 of the 160 steel cells with unique combination locks were cracked. Leonardo was arrested, the rest managed to escape. A few years later, he gave an interview to Wired magazine, in which he claimed that all this was invented by the dealer who hired him. Apparently, the actual damage amounted to about $ 20 million - the lion’s share had to be reimbursed by the insurance company.