The Biggest Heists In The World

May 21, 2012 by Justin CLeave a Comment

If you’re going to plan a robbery it might as well be a big one right? I mean, if you’re going to go to all that trouble to risk your freedom, the loot better be pretty awesome. This inforgraphic presented by highlights the biggest heists in the world.  Some of which were for money others for diamonds and art.  Whatever the loot, it’s obvious these thieves made out like fat cats.

One of the first heists mentioned happened at the Antwerp Diamond Center in Antwerp, Belgium. The thieves made out pretty well on this one with a staggering $100 million worth of loose diamonds, gold, jewelry and other spoils. The safe that held the precious cargo was thought to be impenetrable. It had infrared heat detectors, Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic sensor and a lock with 100 million possible combinations. Yes, the robbers still were able to get in.  The police still don’t know exactly what happened and the loot was never found.

The biggest heist and probably most controversial of them all happened at the Central Bank of Iraq. Approximately $1 billion was stolen. The general manager of the bank claimed that it was done by professionals that were not connected to Saddam. Later on in the investigation a note was found signed by Saddam that ordered $920 million to be withdrawn and given to his son, Qusay. So what was the outcome? $650 million was later found in Saddam Hussein’s palace by US troops, but the rest was never accounted for.

It looks like the intense heists you see in the movies happen in real life as well, and they actually get away with it. But don’t get any ideas, you might not be as lucky.

 The World's Biggest Heists [Infographic]
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