By: Bill Waters
Published: Jun 27, 2021

Top World Heists

Our list of the top heists and robberies in the world. There were a couple of movies made based on some of these heists. Check out our top 5 list.

1. The Antwerp Diamond Robbery - The bone took place in 2003 when a team of master criminals known as the School of Turin managed to walk away with $100 million in uncut diamonds from the Antwerp Diamond Center vault. For sheer scope, ingenuity, and risk, few robberies will ever measure up to this one. The criminals had been planning the robbery for years making this the one of the top heists in the world.

2. The Baker Street burglary took place in London in 1971. A team of well-equipped thieves tunneled into the Baker Street Bank and stole 3 million pounds worth of cash and valuables from safety deposit boxes. The criminals used a combination of metal cutting tools and explosives to tunnel to the vault from a nearby shop.

3. The Banco Central heist took place in 2005 in Fortaleza, Brazil. The robbery was the result of painstaking plan by a small gang of burglars who tunneled over 250 feet to the bank’s vault from a nearby property. After three months of digging, the thieves finally broke into the vault and made off with over 165 million in Brazilian reals, or $70 million.

4. One of the most downright brazen robberies was the Harry Winston Heist in 2008. A group of four men stormed into one of Paris’s most exclusive jewelry stores and made off with $108 million in diamonds. They quickly herded the employees and customers into a corner and started breaking open display cases, and after filling a suitcase with precious stones, made their escape.

5. The Knightsbridge Security Deposit heist happened in London in 1987, when career criminal Valerio Viccei and a small group of accomplices armed with guns managed to make off with 60 million pounds in valuables and cash from safe deposit boxes. The thieves got into the vault by pretending to rent a safe deposit box of their own, and once inside they managed to overpower the employees and security guards and start breaking into the boxes. They escaped without incident.


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