20 Biggest Bank Robbery That Got Away

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According to the common law of every country, robbery is defined as taking the property of another, with the main purpose to permanently withhold the person of the property. It is considered as the larceny or theft accomplished by the assault.

In addition to that, these days high profile crimes tend to involve using the latest weapons and technology. However, many of the largest heists in history were continued without any sophisticated technology. They just used their own technique to implement robbery. Here is a list of  20 biggest bank robbery that got away.

Here Are 20 Biggest Bank Robbery

1. Antwerp Diamond Heist

Antwerp Diamond Heist Biggest Bank Robbery

On February 16, 2003, Leonardo Natarbertolo with his group member planned to rob the Antwerp Diamond Center in Belgium. This center is known as the famous diamond center and so many diamonds within its walls. Leonardo Natarbertolo’s robbers’ team apparently started planing three years before their heist. They started a diamond business to rent an office where Natarbartolo poised as a diamond merchant to establish and ties with the Antwerp Diamond center.

The Italian thief and his group were able to pull a $100 million diamond heist in spite of Doppler radar, a seismic sensor, a magnetic field, infrared sensor, even this day officials are still puzzled as to how they did it.

2. Banco Central Burglary at Fortaleza

Banco Central Burglary at Fortaleza Biggest Bank Robbery

A robbers’ team found the way inside the Banco Center vault. A rented house led them to enter through a tunnel dug underground. In spite of equipped various sensors, alarm, and other latest technology devices at a high profile bank in Brazil, over five containers of 50 real notes were stolen.

3. Brink’s-MAT Robbery

Brink’s-MAT Robbery Biggest Bank Robbery

On 26 November 1983, the Brink’s-MAT robbery occurred when six robbers broke into the Brink’s-MAT warehouse at Heathrow Airport, London. At the time, it was known as “the crime of the century” in London. The robbers’ team gained entry to the warehouse from security guard Anthony Black.

The robbers planned to steal £3 million in cash. However, when they arrived in the warehouse they found three tonnes of gold bullion and stole £26 million worth of gold, diamonds, and cash. On the other hand, the robbers’ team threatened to staffs and poured petrol over them with a lit match if they did not reveal the combination numbers of the vault.

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Three tonnes of stolen gold has never been recovered by the country’s local police. According to the BBC news, some staffs have claimed that anyone wearing gold jewelry bought in the UK after 1983 is probably wearing Brink’s-MAT.

4. British Bank of the Middle East Raid

British Bank of the Middle East Raid Biggest Bank Robbery

In spite of various sensors, alarm, CCTV camera in the Beirut branch of the British Bank, the robbers’ team loaded trucks with money, jewels, gold, and stocks and bonds in January 1976. They were stolen approximately £25 million from the Beirut branch of The British Bank of the Middle East by a group associated with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).  The PLO-affiliated group blasted through the wall of a Catholic church next door to the bank. The thieves were never caught by the country’s local police.

5. Carlton Hotel Robbery

Carlton Hotel Robbery Biggest Bank Robbery

Despite tight security of the Carton hotel, A robbers’ team stolen approximately $30 million from Carlton Jewellery store. The Guinness Book of the world record says this was the world’s largest jewelry robbery history took place in August 1994.

6. Cellini Salt Cellar Robbery

Cellini Salt Cellar Robbery Biggest Bank Robbery

A robbers’ group was stolen $ 40 million from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Cellini Salt Cellar robbery was the world’s most dangerous robbery took place in May 2003. It was known as the part-enameled gold table sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini.

This was Surprising enough, however, the work of art was recovered in Zwettl, as well as  Austria buried in the ground not long after. Ultimately, Robert Mang of a resident of Vienna and he turned himself in.

7. Dar Es Salaam Bank Robbery

Dar Es Salaam Bank Robbery Biggest Bank Robbery

When the employees of the Dar Es Salaam Bank came on the morning of July 13, 2007, they were surprised to see the bank had been ransacked and completely laid bare. Three security guards of the bank made off with over $282 million from its vaults. In order to steal they took the job as a guard under this bank. Later the robbery of the Dar Es Salaam Bank was considered as the master plan larceny.

8. Drumlanrig Castle Robbery

Drumlanrig Castle Robbery Biggest Bank Robbery

It happened on August 27, 2003, Four men actin as tourists stole a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, Madonna of the Yarnwinder. They targeted to form the Drumlandrig castle in Scotland. They didn’t use any materials of ramping, used their technics. This was deemed as the largest robbery and made off $ 40 million but they were caught by the local police.

9. Dunbar Armored Facility Robbery

Dunbar Armored Facility Robbery biggest bank robbery that got away

Dunbar Armored  Robbery was the biggest cash robbery occurred in the United state in 1997. This robbery was masterminded by Allen pace who was a safety inspector. Allen pace knew that on Friday night, the vault was left open for a large quantity of money being moved. Allen pace with his team members robbed $18.9 million but they were caught by the local police.

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10. E.G. Bührle Art Museum Robbery

E.G. Bührle Art Museum Robbery biggest bank robbery that got away

It was befallen on February 11, 2008, three men forced themselves into the E.G. Bührle Art Museum in Zurich. It took the place with the four different paintings which were valued at nearly 139 million dollars. They were caught by the local police of the country.

11. Heist at Harry’s

Heist at Harry’s biggest bank robbery that got away

On December 5, 2008, Closing time of the  Harry Winston Jewelry, one man and three women came into the jewelry store and looked at some products. They seemed to be gentlemen and started shopping. After a few time, they threatened to the jewelry manager and other staffs and four-man robbed approximately $108 million from this jewelry store.

12. Knightsbridge Security Deposit Robbery

Knightsbridge Security Deposit Robbery biggest bank robbery that got away

It was deemed as the world’s largest robbery in Italy. In order to continue the activities along with one of his associates, Valerio Viccei moved from his homeland to the UK. They were masterminded and targeted Knightsbridge Safe. Deposit Centre was known as famous and popular clients.

In order to gain access, Valerio Viccei planned on being a customer there so that he could rent a safe deposit box. On July 27, 1987, Valerio and his group threatened the manager and employees, and the bank was closed. They robbed probably £60 million. Later Valerio could have gotten away clean to Latin America if he did not return to get his favorite Ferrari.

13. Lufthansa Heist

Lufthansa Heist biggest bank robbery movie

Jimmy Burke was an Irish American gangster. He was considered as part of the family crime in New York City. In most of the case, he got permission from the Gambino crime family to carry out a heist. On December 11, 1978, Early in the morning, before the sun come up, gummed from both families entered building 261 and robbed approximately $6 million.

14. Millennium Dome Raid

Millennium Dome Raid biggest bank robbery movie

The Millennium Dome raid was famous for its Dome’s diamond exhibition in Greenwich. On November 7, 2000, A local robbers’ group including Lee Wenham, Raymond Betson Nad William Cockram had planned to ram the De Beers diamond display that was being held in the dome at that time and then escaped via the Thames in a speedboat.

This master-planning robbery was baffled by the flying squad of the Metropolitan police service. Metropolitan police already had the gang members under surveillance for their assumed roles in a number of unfortunate armored vehicle robberies which had taken place. Later it was deemed as the world’s dangerous robbery in southeast London.

15. Northern Bank Robbery

Northern Bank Robbery biggest bank robbery movie

Before the crime at night, two officials of the Northern Bank were visited by the robbers acting as policemen who proceeded to hold both of their families hostage. It’s called smart planning. In order to implement this heist need a lot of guts, Ireland’s robbers stolen approximately $50 million by their master planning. The officials certainly gave access to rob. The case still remained constant.

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16. Schiphol Airport Robbery

Schiphol Airport Robbery biggest bank robbery movie

On February 25, 2005, Four men claimed themselves as KLM Royal Dutch airline employees by wearing airline uniforms and cargo truck to avoid suspicion. Using their technique, they drove a KLM truck that had just hauled in uncut diamond due to be delivered to Antwerp. They had stolen approximately $118 million, it was considered as the world’s largest diamond heist in history.

17. The Graff Diamonds Robbery

The Graff Diamonds Robbery unsolved bank robberies

It was the largest robbery history which took place on 6 August 2009. Robbers were posing dramatically as customers entered the premises of Graff Diamonds in New Bond Street, London. They stole jewelry worth nearly £40 million. The robbers’ team provided the services of a professional make-up artist to alter their hair by using skin, wigs, tones and their features using latex prosthetics.

Robbers took four hours to apply the disguises as an artist.  During that time they sounded attractive music video. Finally, the robbers’ team were caught by the metropolitan police.

18. The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery unsolved bank robberies

Bruce Richard Reynolds who was an English criminal and his gang boarded a train at bridge railway Bridge in Buckinghamshire, England in August 1963. It was deemed as Britain’s largest robbery and made off $2.6 million of the equivalent of $40 million today. Most of the robbers fled the country but it was a plenty lump od cash. Finally, they were all caught by the country’s special force.

19. The Securitas Depot Robbery

The Securitas Depot Robbery biggest heist in american history

The Securitas Depot Robbery was considered as the largest cash robbery in British History. Due to some reasons, it took the place on the evening of 21 February 2006 until the early hours of 22 February 2006. Some terrorists abducted and threatened the family of the manager, besides they tried up fourteen staff members and stole 53,116,760 dollars in the bank notes from a Securitas Cash Management Ltd depot in Vala Road, Kent, Tonbridge. In the end, all the robbers were caught by the county’s police.

20. United California Bank Robbery

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When the safe deposit arch at United Califonia Bank in Laguna during the United Califonia Bank burglary took place on 24 March 1972. It was broken into as well as looted by professional burglars led, Amil Dinsio. The burglary itself was executed properly besides, the thieves created the great mistake of perpetrating a similar crime back in Ohio after a few months that eventually led to their arrest.

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I am from Chicago by birth and by choice, I am happy to be on the road exploring new destinations, especially in February, often the coldest of the winter months of the city. I have bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism, and I've spent much of my career in news working for The Associated Press and Chicago Tribune. Over the past decade, I have focused on exploring the world as a writer and independent travel photographer. Highlights include tracking and photographing wild animals in Kenya, documenting monarch butterflies hibernates on a mountain in Mexico and spending a night in a tent in the Sahara desert.

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