Similar robberies are carried out in various parts of the world almost every day. You constantly come across news of theft from banks, jewelers, homes and businesses. However, some robberies seem almost straight out of the movies, with the planning and operation of the event. So how was the situation in the past? Global companies and politicians rank high on the list of the biggest robberies in history. The amount of the stolen money is surprising. These robberies are so well planned that their stories are just like movie scripts. Here are the biggest robberies in history …
PENSILVANIA BANK Robbery (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
The first bank robbery in American history took place in Philadelphia on August 31, 1798. $ 162,281 was stolen from the Bank of Pennsylvania vaults, a huge sum today.
Blacksmith Pat Lyon was the first suspect to change the bank locks just days before leaving town for vacation. But this incident had nothing to do with him. The robbery was carried out by Isaac Davis, the building owner, member of the Carpenter Company. Davis went to the same bank to deposit some of the stolen money. Before long, the truth was revealed.
PLAYING THE MONA LISA TABLE
The famous Leonardo da Vinci painting Mona Lisa painting is preserved in the Louvre Museum in Paris. On August 21, 1911, one of the world’s largest works of art, the painting was stolen. No one noticed that the picture was stolen. It was later discovered that the official museum employee, Vincenzo Peruggia, was stolen.
TRAIN ROLLER (UK)
One of the most famous robberies in British history was carried out in 1963. The gang that Bruce Reynolds mentored had planned the heist in fine detail. On the morning of August 8, the signals of the Royal postal train line were broken and the train was stopped. Then the gang, who attacked the train with weapons, neutralized the mechanic and other officers. The train had £ 2.6 million in cash. The gang members stole all the money and disappeared. Although not talked about much these days, the amount stolen in 1963 was an incredible amount. The gang members, who had not appeared for a long time, were caught years later. However, the money they stole was never found. This heist was the subject of six films, including the Pink Panther and James Bond series.
FERDINAND MARCOS (PHILIPPINES)
Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, is remembered for his authoritarian regime and its corruption. One of the first actions of the president was to increase his powers with the new constitution. He then placed his family members in key positions of the state. Marcos and his family, who were in power between 1965 and 1986; through government loans, bribery, embezzlement, taking over private companies, and stealing straight from the state’s coffers, the Philippines economy suffered $ 5 billion. Marcos and his family deposited the money they stole from their home country into foreign banks. The almost 20 years of Ferdinand Marcos’ rule ended with popular protests. In fact, even when Marcos was in power, his corruption was known. But in the Philippines, democracy was suspended and everyone criticizing was muted. After Marcos was exiled, countless evidence of the robbery emerged. Authorities managed to recover a significant portion of the money smuggled from the country. However, the damage inflicted by Ferdinand Marcos is still felt across the country.
Stephane Breitwieser became popular as one of the most notorious thieves in history, with a series of robberies he planned and implemented between 1995-2001. Stephane stole the artworks found in museums, castles and churches in 7 countries in Europe. The estimated value of the items is estimated at $ 5-6 million. When he was caught by the police, he claimed that the artifacts were destroyed by his mother.
ALEKSANDR ANDREEVICH PANIN (RUSSIA)
Russian cyber thief Aleksandr Andreevich Panin has infiltrated 1.4 million computers so far with a software called “SpyEye”. Panin, which caused millions of dollars in damage to banks and other companies in the financial sector, was targeting users in the United States specifically. Among the victims were not only companies but also individual users. According to research, Panin stole hundreds of billions of dollars with this malware.
MUNICIPAL BONDS ROLLER (UK)
Postman John Goddard’s job was to safely deliver municipal bonds to banks. Goddard was unaware that he would be robbed when he left the house to do his routine chores on May 2, 1990. The robber named Patrick Thomas seized exactly 301 pieces of bonds in Goddard’s briefcase. The bonds were worth a total of £ 292 million. British police caught the thief in a short time. However, some of the bonds were never found.
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM
The people who entered the museum disguised as police and handcuffed the security guards on the grounds that there was an arrest warrant, stole 12 works of art in the museum within 81 minutes. The famous gang who cut out the artifacts to disable the alarms in the frames could not be caught. A cash prize of $ 10 million was even offered to those who helped solve the incident.
KNIGHTSBRIDGE CASH CENTER ROLLER
It was built by Valerio Viccei, who came to England from Italy in 1986 as an ‘immigrant’ and was sought for allegedly involved in 50 different armed robberies in Italy. Entering the safe deposit center saying I want to rent a safe, Viccei prevented other customers from coming by hanging the ‘closed’ letter on the outer door of the center, and then, together with the collaborators who joined him, emphasis on 60 million pounds by emptying the safes in the center.
Viccei and his team, who fled to Latin America after the incident, were later caught by the police. The most interesting thing is the way Valerio Viccei was caught! Because, after a while, when he returned to England to take back his Ferrari, which he left in England, he was caught and sentenced to 22 years in prison. Why he returned to England for his old Ferrari when he could buy a new Ferrari with £ 60 million stolen is literally a mystery.
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