10 Biggest Robberies of The Decade (2000-2010)
This decade has seen some of the biggest, ingenuously planned and brilliantly executed robberies of all times. Some masterminds behind these crimes were caught and some managed to escape. This list comprises of 10 such robberies which tested the professional skills of the security agencies as well as the police.
10. Agricultural Bank of China Robbery – China ($6.7 million)
Agricultural Bank of China
Agricultural Bank of China was robbed by two branch managers employed at the Handan branch of the bank between 16th March 2007 and 14th April 2007. Initially a branch manager Ren Xiaofeng, stole $26,000 in October 2006 and purchased Chinese lottery ticket. Luckily he won the lottery and returned the money to the vault of the bank. Emboldened by his initial success, he shared his plan with another manager, Ma Xiangjing. They decided to do the same crime but on a far larger scale this time. During March and April 2007, the two stole, and spent 4.95 million on lottery tickets. This time they lost the lottery. Scared and frustrated, they attempted another robbery and stole six cash boxes containing a further $ 2.7 million on April 14, spending 14 million in a single day in an effort to recover their losses. Soon the heist was discovered and inquires were set up. Both Ren and Ma were executed in Hebei province on April 1, 2008.
9. Northern Bank Robbery – Belfast, Ireland ($35.33904 million)
Northern Bank Robbery, Ireland
The Northern Bank, Belfast Headquarters was robbed of $35.33 million on 20th December 2004. The families of the two bank officers were took as hostage by the gang members disguised as police officers. The officers were left with no choice but to cooperate with them in this robbery in order to save their families. They admitted the gang members in the bank after business hours. Police in Northern Ireland and Irish republic believe that the IRA stole the Northern bank.
8. Graff Diamonds robbery – London ( $65 million )
Graff Diamond Robbery, London
The Graff Diamonds robbery took place on 6 August 2009 when two men posing as customers entered the Graff Diamonds outlet in New Bond Street, London. They stole jewellery worth nearly $65 million. The thieves stole 47 items of jewelry in 3 minutes, consisting of diamond rings, bracelets, necklaces and wristwatches. The robbers were traced via their cell phone which they left in haste in an abandoned car. Police searched the flats of the robbers and recovered a $789 250 blue diamond ring wrapped in clingfilm and hidden in a pot of face cream. The master mind behind the robbery, Aman Kassaye, was found guilty. On August 7, 2010 he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Three other men Solomun Beyene, Clinton Mogg, and Thomas were each jailed for 16 years after also being convicted of conspiracy to rob.
7. Banco Central Burglary – Brazil (US$69.8 million)
Banco Central Burglary, Brazil
One of the most ingeniously executed executed bank robberies is the Banco Central burglary in Brazil. The bank was robbed on the evening of 21 February 2006. A small gang of burglars tunneled over 250 feet to the bank’s vault from a nearby property. The robbers used a landscaping business as a cover. The tunnel was expertly constructed and was a master piece. They provided sophisticated lighting and an air conditioning system to the tunnel. The strange yet indigenous burglars dug continuously for 3 months before the tunnel was ready to conceive the plan. Police was successful in recovering only $9 million dollars.
6. Kent Securitas Depot – England ($92.5 million)
Kent Securitas Depot Robbery
Kent Securitas Depot robbery took place on the evening of 21 February 2006 when members of a gang kidnapped the family of the depot manager. They also tied up fourteen staff members and successfully stole cash worth $92.5 million. A Securitas employee told the court that one of the robbers shouted “let’s rock and roll” as he called for the others to leave when the lorry was full. Several arrests were made and Emir Hysenaj was sentenced to 20 years in prison on 29 January 2008 with an order that he serve a minimum of 10 years. Stuart Royle, Lea Rusha, Jetmir Bucpapa and Roger Coutts were given life sentences with an order that they serve a minimum of 15 years.
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