One guy breaks in a diamond store, uses fake bullets, holds people at gunpoint and makes away with diamonds worth some million dollars while everyone just stands by dropping their jaws forever. And this isn't some Brad Pitt-starred Hollywood movie I'm talking about.
Here are ten smartest robberies from around the world that sealed the deal and had an upper hand on even Hollywood's imaginations!
Two tourists, or rather robbers who acted as tourists, made away with Leonardo da Vinci's Maddona of the Yarnwinder, a masterpiece of the artist worth $40 million famously saying, "Don't worry love, we're the police. This is just practice" to two tourists from New Zealand who happened to witness the smooth theft.
Holding the families of the bank officials at gunpoint may seem a movie concept, but this gang meant serious business. Holding the families of two two officers hostage, these crooks made away with more than $60 million over a period of a whole day. None of the robbers directly involved in this stunt have been found so far.
How would you feel if you wanna eat a bar of chocolate and someone offers you nine times more of it? This robbery carried out at the Heathrow Airport's Brinks MAT warehouse was something similar. The robbers entered the warehouse with the help of an official and where they were expecting to collect around $6 million, they found a whooping $53 million in form of cash, gold and diamonds. While at it, they soaked the officials inside the vault with petrol and threatened them with a lit match (quite an option to gun point). Hollywood was so inspired by the robbery, they made a movie exactly on this incident called Foll's Gold in 1992. The robbers were caught later but the loot was never recovered.
Fake bullets can help you steal real diamonds if you have the outgoing guts to do it. That's how the Carlton Hotel robbery in Cannes can be rightly described. Firing the guns carelessly, they robbed the hotel's jewelry store and bagged diamonds worth around $60 million.
Probably inspired by Sherlock Holmes' 'The Red Headed League', the armed robbers broke into the Banco Central of Fortaleza through an underground tunnel that they dug through a rented house nearby. The robbery was marked red by armed conflicts, deaths of hostages and bloodbath as a whole. The bank was robbed for around $95 million.
The largest diamond robbery in the world was carried out at the Antwerp Diamond Center. Considered to be the leader of a ring of Italian thieves called La Scuola di Torino, Leonardo Notarbartolo was the leader of the team of five robbers who stole the diamonds. The plan of the robbery began 3 years before the actual day of action. The actual robbery finished in a few minutes as Notarbartolo & Co. made away with diamonds worth $100 million. The crook was caught but the whereabouts of diamonds are still unknown.
Three women and a man casually checking out some diamonds at Harry Winston's store suddenly made their intentions clear with guns and made away with jewelry worth $108 millions.
This robbery carried out by the security guards of the bank in Baghdad was probably one of the easiest, effortless robberies that left the bank authorities speechless. The robbers stole over $235 million but were not smart enough to keep the money safe and most of it was later recovered.
This robbery carried out in a security firm was all about AK-47s. A gang that broke in the bank by pulling down a wall with a bulldozer made away with 62.5 million Danish Kroners. To keep the police away, elaborate preparations were made like setting obstructions by putting trucks on fire at ten places and so. All the robbers were eventually caught but the money had disappeared.
Dubbed as the most elaborately planned robbery ever, Anthony Curcio, the mastermind behind the heist used his observation of more than three years and 15 to 20 men who had no idea what they were upto. Although Curcio grabbed only $400,000 he gained attention due to his single handed planning and smart execution of the plan.