Top 7 Robberies of All Time

No, these robberies didn’t happen in a movie, nor are legends. They were planned carefully for years and the robbers took a great deal of money. The following robberies were amazing in every way possible because of their perfect plan and the way they were done. Here are the Top 5 Robberies of All Time

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#1. Northern Bank Robbery

The amount of money taken from the bank was nearly 50 million dollars. The process was planned carefully and the robbers took some hostages. Night before the robbery, the robbers dressed up as police officers and visited the employees in the bank. They got every info and access they needed. Till this day the case is not closed.

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#2. Cellini Salt Cellar Robbery

In May 2003 a gold table sculpture made by Benvenuto Cellini was stolen from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. It was a real miracle that someone managed to do this crime in the well guarded museum, but the robber, Robert Mang, turned himself to the police a short while later.

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#3. Carlton Hotel Robbery

This hotel was the place where the biggest jewelry robbery ever happened. It was 1994 when 3 thieves got inside the hotel and robbed the hotel’s jewelry store, opening machine guns. The jewelry was estimated of 30 million Pounds and it turned out that the robbers were using blanks. Such a bad day for the hotel’s store.

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#4. United California Bank Robbery

The burglars were so well organized that they actually broke inside the safe deposit of this bank. It was 1972 and the gang was led by Amil Densio. But his and his fellows’ misfortune to be caught (even though they made a perfect job in California) was their exact same robbery in Ohio. The police caught them easily.

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#5. Dar Es Salaam Bank Robbery

Back in 2007 the employees of this Bagdad bank were completely caught off guard the morning they arrived to work just to realize that the bank was robbed and left without any money. The robbers were no one else but the security guards who took over $ 282 million. This case was never fully known for the public and it is believe that the guards had great connection with the local militia; otherwise they would have never stood a chance to get out so much money out of the bank.

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#6. Harry Winston

Known for his extraordinary beautiful jewelry, this store became target of robbers. In 2008 four armed men entered the jewelry store in Paris (“Jeweler to the Stars”) shortly before closing time. Three of the robberies were dressed in wigs and women’s clothing. After robbing out the display cases, they forced the staff to loot the storage area, because the millions Euros worth of jewels in the display cases wasn’t enough for these guys. They cleaned the place out, without firing a shot. Harry Winston stock fell 9% the following day after everybody found out about the robbery. The store had also been robbed the previous year, where thieves left the store with 10 million euros worth of jewels.

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#7. Antwerp Diamond Center, Belgium 2003

If you are a thief (which we hope you aren’t) you must know that about 80% of the world’s uncut diamonds go through Antwerp Diamond Center. The thieves literally weren’t able to carry all the things they have stolen, but still managed to empty an impressive 123 of 189 deposit boxes. Leonardo Notarbartolo, who had 30 years career as a thief, was the leader of the robbers. The robbery was prepared for years, with at least 4 people involved. They had rented office space in the building 3 years before the robbery, where Leonardo posed as an Italian diamond merchant to gain trust and credibility among people. He set up meetings and did small deals, and no one ever suspected in him. When it was finally time to move, they put fake tapes into the security cameras to cover their movements. Unfortunately the robbers were caught but the $100 million worth of gems has never been found and Leonardo Notarbartolo served a 10 year sentence.

Antwerp Diamond Center, Belgium 2003
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