Most of the men have earned billions by robbing in some of the most major places in the world. These incidents literally stunned the world by hearing the amount of money which was looted. Here are the top 5 major robberies starting from the fifth major robbery which was reported by Iakhovas on the ListVerse Website.
1. Knightsbridge Security Deposit [12th July 1987-UK: 60 Million Pounds]:
This robbery is considered to be one among the biggest robberies in the world so far. It took place on 12th July 1987 in Knightsbridge, which is a part of City of Westminster in London, England. This biggest robbery was led by Valerio Viccei. He was the son of a lawyer who shifted his base from Italy to London in the year 1986. This guy was wanted for 50 armed robberies. He was sentenced to death for 22 years and one day on 19th April 2000 when he was on a day release from the prison in Italy, there began a gunfight between Viccei and police which resulted in his death.
2. Bagdad Bank Robbery [ 12th July 2007- Bagdad, Iraq: $282 million]:
One fine morning Employees were back to work at this bank and just after few times the entire money deposited at the bank was robbed within no time. Till now it has been believed that it was robbed by three of the bank’s guards. Approximately $282 million was robbed from this bank and thus it is considered to be a biggest robbery. This amount is more than a quarter of a billion dollars. It can be considered as an entire economy of some of the small countries. It has also been suspected that these guards were having the support of the armed forces.
3. Boston Museum [18th March 1990-Boston, U.S.A: $300 million]:
Boston Museum was popularly known as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or also Fenway Court. This museum was very well known from the time of Isabella Stewart Gardner. It is the museum which is situated at Boston, Massachusetts. Early Morning on March 18th, when the whole city were celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, 2 thieves dressed up like Boston police officers entered the museum misleading the inexperienced guards. Before entering the museum, they quickly handcuffed the guards at the museum basement and then entered the museum and roamed throughout the museum galleries stealing thirteen art works with a combined value of $300 million. This robbery is also considered as the single property theft in the History. The museum authority has also announced a reward of $5million for information leading to the recovery of the stolen artworks.
4. City Bonds Robbery [2nd May 1990- London, UK: 292 million Pounds]:
This robbery took place on May 2nd when John Goddard, a 58 years old messenger was working for broker Sheppard, and on May 2nd while he was walking down the quiet London side street with a briefcase in his hand, he was attacked for the briefcase as the contents in that briefcase contained 292 million pounds in owner bonds. Goddard was held at the knifepoint and at the same point his attackers made off with 301 treasury bills which were most valued at 292 million pounds. Keith Cheeseman was arrested in connection to this crime and it was also suspected that Patrick Thomas was also involved in this second largest robbery, but unfortunately Thomas was found dead of a gunshot before he was charged for this robbery. However, it is amazing to hear that this second largest robbery till now was carried out by 2 low level thieves.
5. Central Bank of Iraq [18th March 2003-Bagdad, Iraq: $1 Billion]:
This largest robbery until now was done by none other than Saddam Hussein or at least his son was involved in this robbery. However, a big robbery needs lot of master plans, but this biggest robbery till now, was considered to be the much simpler as well as the much effective once. On March 18th 2003 morning before the U.S. began bombing on Iraq, Hussein allegedly stole nearly $1 Billion from the Central Bank of Iraq. However, Hussein had treated Iraq as the nation was under his control every time, so this robbery did not turn in to be a big surprise. After Saddam’s death, The U.S. military troop found approximately $ 650 million that was hidden in the walls of one of his palaces and the other $ 350 million has been considered lost as they were not recovered by them.
- After 20 Years, a Break in a Famous Art Heist (newsfeed.time.com)
- Agents Swarm Home Of Reputed Mobster Linked To Gardner Museum Heist (boston.cbslocal.com)