Top 5 Thefts of All Time

Top 5 Thefts of All Time

Theft have also become a trend for robbers who want to get rich overnight. They do not want to do efforts and struggles for life, in fact, they are happy to put their lives in danger.

Making a big theft today is much more difficult because of all high security factors, like quality intruder alarms and and high-tech security cameras and guards, but some people managed to make really big thefts and take millions of dollars in one day.

Several bank robberies are reported every year across the globe but some of them become history. Here is the list of 5 most successful robberies in history of the world that will be known for years and that we all think it is possible to see only in Hollywood movies.

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Banco Central in Brazil (2005): tunneled 255 feet up to the bank, stole $69.8 million.

In 2005 a gang of burglars, suspected to be either the Gang of the Tattooed or Primeiro Comando da Capital, tunneled into the Banco Central in Fortaleza. They removed five containers of 50-real notes, with an estimated value of 164,755,150 reais (US$69.8 million, £38.6 million, €56 million). The money was uninsured; a bank spokeswoman stated that the risks were too small to justify the insurance premiums. The burglars managed to evade or disable the bank’s internal alarms and sensors; the burglary remained undiscovered until the bank opened for business on the morning of Monday, August 8.

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Great Train Robbery (1963): stole $74 million without guns.

The Great Train Robbery was the name given to a £2.3 million train robbery committed on 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. The Royal Mail’s Glasgow to London travelling post office (TPO) train was stopped by tampered signals. A 15-member gang, led by Bruce Reynolds and including Ronnie Biggs, Charlie Wilson, Jimmy Hussey, John Wheater, Brian Field, Jimmy White, Tommy Wisbey, Gordon Goody and Buster Edwards, stole £2.3 million in used £1, £5 and £10 notes — the equivalent of £40 million (US $74 million) in 2006.

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Kent Securitas Depot (2006): abducted the manager, then stole $92.5 million.

The Securitas depot robbery was a robbery which took place in the early hours of 22 February 2006, between 01:00 and 02:15 UTC in England, an operation that succeeded in stealing the largest cash amount in British crime history. At least six men abducted and threatened the family of the manager, tied up fourteen staff members and stole £53,116,760 (about US$92.5 million or €78 million) in bank notes from a Securitas Cash Management Ltd depot in Vale Road, Tonbridge, Kent.

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Knightsbridge Security Deposit (1987): requested to rent a safe deposit box, then subdued the manager and stole $111 million.

The Knightsbridge Security Deposit robbery took place on 12 July 1987 in Knightsbridge, England, part of the City of Westminster in London. Two men entered the Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Centre and requested to rent a Safe deposit box. After being shown into the vault, they produced hand guns and subdued the manager and security guards. The thieves then hung a sign on the street level door explaining that the Safe Deposit Centre was temporarily closed, whilst letting in further accomplices. They broke open many of the safe deposit boxes and left with a hoard estimated to be worth £40 million (equivalent to roughly US$66 million at the 1987 exchange rate; the inflation-adjusted value would be £63.6 million –$111 million– as of 2005).

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Boston Museum (1990): dressed as police officers, stole $300 million worth in paintings.

Hours after St. Patrick’s Day festivities wrapped up in Boston on March 18, 1990, two men dressed as police officers knocked on the security entrance side door of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at 1:24 a.m. “The policy has always been that you don’t open that door in the middle of the night for God. Why on this one night they opened the door no one can explain,” Lyle Grindle, the museum’s current head of security, told Access Control & Security Systems, a security industry trade publication. Grindle was not in charge of security at the time of the 1990 heist. Just minutes after letting them in, the guards quickly learned that the late night visitors weren’t real cops. Though they apparently did not brandish any weapons, the intruders managed to overpower the two guards. They handcuffed the guards, bound them with duct tape and left them in the basement.

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