Four of the biggest roberties in history Vol.2
Four stories about huge roberties happened in the past
1. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist of 1990 - In this heist, two men posing as police officers were able to steal 13 works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The artwork, which included pieces by Vermeer, Manet, and Degas, was valued at over $500 million at the time of the robbery. Despite numerous investigations and a $10 million reward offered for their return, the artwork has never been found.
The robbery took place in the morning, when the museum was closed to the public. The two men, who were dressed in police uniforms, told the security guard on duty that they were responding to a disturbance call. They were able to gain entry to the museum and proceed to steal the artworks, which they removed from their frames. The thieves were in the museum for only 81 minutes, and they were able to steal a total of 13 pieces of art.
The FBI immediately launched an investigation into the theft, but despite numerous leads, the stolen artwork was never recovered. In 1997, the museum offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the recovery of the stolen art, which was later increased to $10 million. The case remains one of the most significant unsolved art thefts in history and the stolen artworks are still missing till date.
The robery had a serious impact on art security and museums around the world have implemented stricter security measures to prevent similar thefts. The museum still has empty frames hanging on the walls as a reminder of the stolen paintings.
2. The Northern Bank Robbery of 2004 - A group of Irish Republicans stole £26.5 million from the Northern Bank in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The robbers held the families of two bank officials hostage in order to gain access to the bank's vault. The group managed to steal the cash, which was stored in the vault, before making their escape. The incident was discovered the next morning by the bank's staff and the police were immediately notified.
The police investigated the incident but despite numerous leads, the robbers were never caught neither the money was recovered. The Northern Bank Robbery was considered to be one of the biggest bank robberies in the history of Northern and in the world in general.
The Northern Bank Robbery was considered to be one of the most audacious and significant heists in Northern Ireland's history, because of the high value of the stolen money and the fact that the families of bank officials were held as hostages. The incident also had a political aspect as well. The police believed that the robbery was carried out by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) or one of its splinter groups, but the IRA denied any involvement in the robbery.
3. The Lufthansa Heist of 1978, also known as the "Lufthansa Airport Heist," is a theft of $5 million (equivalent to approximately $20 million today) from the Lufthansa cargo terminal at JFK International Airport in New York City. The robbery occurred on December 11, 1978, and it was considered to be one of the most audacious airport robberies in the United States.
The robbers gain access to the cargo terminal by posing as Lufthansa employees. The group managed to steal the cash, which was stored in the terminal's vault, before making their escape. The incident was discovered the next morning by the airport's staff and the police were immediately notified.
Most of the thefts were eventually caught, but, much of the stolen money wasn’t found as well.
4. The Securitas Depot Robbery of 2006 - A group of criminals kidnapped the family of a Securitas cash depot manager and stole £53 million from the depot. Several of the robbers were caught and convicted, but much of the stolen money was never recovered.
The robbers abducted the manager of the cash depot and his family, before binding and gagging them. The group then forced the manager to open the vault, where they made off with the cash.
Some of the robbers were caught and convicted, but much of the money was never found. The incident generated a lot of media attention and the story was covered by newspapers and television news programs across the country.
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