The greatest heist on record.
September 13, 1997
The biggest cash robbery in United States history took place at the Dunbar Armored facility in Los Angeles, California. The gang of thieves almost got away with the crime until one of the members gave away money still wrapped with the facility’s original straps.
Dunbar Armoured Reigional Safety Inspector turned gang leader, Allen Pace, was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
A total take of: $18.9 million.
February 22, 2006
The largest cash robbery in Great Britain history took place at the Securitas depot after the depot manager and his family were kidnapped by the looters.
Six of the thieves were sentenced to prison with sentences ranging from 20 years to life.
Over $105 million.
March 18, 1990
Two theives stole thirteen works of art by many famous painters, including Rembrandt, Degas and Vermeer, from the Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.
The art thieves were never caught and the paintings were never recovered. A $5 million dollar reward is available to anyone who can provide information on their whereabouts.
The paintings were valued at about $300 million
August 21, 1911
The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum in France by the patriotic Italian, Vicenzo Peruggia. It is believed that he took Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece in order to sell the priceless painting back to its original home of Italy.
Peruggia was sentenced to one year and fifteen days in prison.
King Francis I of France bought the painting for 4,000 ECUS )about $20,000 dollars). Today, it would be worth over $720 million.
The largest bank robbery in history took place at the Central Bank of Iraq and was committed by ex-director, Saddam Hussein.
Hussein was convicted of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Interim Government and hanged.
Nearly $1 billion were taken from the bank in boxes of $100 dollar bills.