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In 'Robbery of the Century,' 50 Men Allegedly Attack

Security firm Prosegur hit in Paraguay's Ciudad del Este

(Newser) - It's like a mix of The Italian Job and Ocean's Eleven, just with an alleged cast of 50 criminals. Paraguayan officials are calling it the robbery of the century: the theft of millions from private security firm Prosegur in Ciudad del Este that is said to have involved... More »

Gold Coin That Weighs 220 Pounds Somehow Stolen

$4M theft happened Monday in Berlin

(Newser) - Thieves kept their eyes on the target in the early hours of Monday morning when they somehow circumvented a German museum's security system and made off with just one coin. But it's not just any old coin; the so-called "big maple leaf" Canadian coin is pure 24-carat... More »

Alanis Victim of 2nd Multimillion-Dollar Theft

Thieves made off with $2M from LA home

(Newser) - More bad luck for Alanis Morissette: Police say burglars broke into the Canadian singer's Los Angeles home and stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry, the Los Angeles Times reports. Morissette, her husband, and their two children weren't home at the time of the Feb. 9 break-in... More »

Gang Steals $3M in Books in Hollywood-Esque Heist

They cut through skylights, rappelled down

(Newser) - It was a heist worthy of Hollywood: Thieves targeted a London warehouse temporarily holding some of the world's rarest books, cut through its skylights, rappelled down, and made off with more than $3 million in bounty, reports the Telegraph . In total, the trio nabbed more than 160 books, and... More »

Furs Worth Millions Stolen From Posh NYC Shop

Owner Dennis Basso says it could be 'the largest fur heist' ever in the Big Apple

(Newser) - If you're going to pull off a Madison Avenue robbery on Christmas Eve, you might as well go as big as possible. That appeared to be the goal of what the New York Times calls "three discriminating speed shoppers" who broke into a Dennis Basso store in New... More »

All It Takes to Steal $75K From Walmart Is a Uniform

Bristow, Oklahoma, Walmart was robbed on July 4

(Newser) - A Bristow, Oklahoma, Walmart was robbed of $75,000 on Saturday morning by a man who police think carried no weapon and dished out no threats. How he pulled it off: He posed as a Loomis employee and acted as if he was there on the armored transport company's... More »

Elderly Suspects Arrested for Daring London Heist

Oldest of 9 Hatton Garden suspects is 76

(Newser) - When a huge amount of cash and gems was stolen from a secure vault in London over Easter weekend, the daring theft was described as an "old-school heist"—and just how old school is now apparent. A 76-year-old man and his 50-year-old son were among nine people arrested... More »

$4M in Gold Stolen in Highway Heist

I-95 bandits forced guards to walk into woods

(Newser) - Highway robbery in North Carolina: Police and the FBI are probing a heist on Interstate 95 Sunday night in which around $4 million in gold was allegedly stolen from a truck. Two armed security guards who were transporting the gold from Miami to Massachusetts say that after they pulled over... More »

Suspect Arrested in $400K Wine Heist

Some 4.2K bottles went missing last month

(Newser) - Police have arrested a warehouse worker in Napa Valley they say stole more than $400,000 worth of wine. Jose Pina, 31, was an employee of the Valley Wine Warehouse storage facility, and police told KTXL that meant he had unlimited access to the entire building. The warehouse stored bottles... More »

35 Years Later, FBI Busts 5 in Goodfellas Heist

5 alleged mobsters taken into custody

(Newser) - More than 35 years later, the FBI is finally charging mobsters in connection with the notorious Lufthansa heist at New York's JFK Airport in 1978, a crime made even more infamous by the film Goodfellas. Five alleged mobsters said to be associated with New York's Bonanno crime family... More »

Gunmen Swipe $54M From Libya Central Bank Van

'A catastrophe for the whole of Libya'

(Newser) - Ten gunmen stole $54 million from a bank van as it entered the city of Sirte in Libya after departing the airport, the BBC reports. The cash had come from Libya's central bank in Tripoli. The van had a single security vehicle as protection, and guards "were unable... More »

'Strong' Thieves Steal Museum's Viking Jewels

Thieves 'used a lot of strength' to remove a first-floor window of Swedish museum

(Newser) - A forensic unit has descended on a Swedish archaeological museum after thieves managed to steal an array of Viking artifacts—including precious jewelry—early today. "The thieves got in through a window on the first floor which they used a lot of strength to remove and which subsequently broke,... More »

'Ocean's 11' Heist Hits Bieber Venue

Thieves chisel into stadium safe in latest wackiness to befall tour

(Newser) - The latest crazy headline to come out of Justin Bieber's world tour: Thieves broke into a South African stadium early Monday and stole $330,000 from the safe, which had quite a bit of cash in it thanks to a weekend Bieber concert, Time reports. Police think that's... More »

How Police Cracked Case of the $50M Diamond Heist

Organized crime leader offered breakthrough

(Newser) - The "what" was big news yesterday— dozens of arrests in connection with one of the world's biggest diamond robberies—and the "how" begins to emerge today: The investigation into February's $50 million Brussels airport jewel heist leaped forward when police found out that, soon after the... More »

One of World's Largest Diamond Robberies Unravels

31 arrested in connection with Brussels heist

(Newser) - Brazen robbers were able to make off with $50 million worth of diamonds in a daring Brussels airport heist , but they held onto their riches for less than three months. In a cross-border operation, police have arrested 31 people in connection with the heist—one of the world's biggest... More »

Thieves in $50M Diamond Heist Dressed as Police

Belgians fear speedy airport theft will ruin reputation

(Newser) - There have been no arrests in the $50M diamond heist at Brussels' international airport yesterday, but a few more details have emerged: The eight gunmen removed 120 packages from the plane's hold, said a rep for the Belgian public prosecutor. The thieves were apparently clad in what the AP... More »

$50M in Diamonds Stolen in 11-Minute Airport Heist

Masked men enter through hole in fence at Brussels airport

(Newser) - Millions of dollars in diamonds have been stolen from a plane at Brussels' international airport yesterday in a daring heist, the AP reports. Police say the jewels were lifted by eight masked men who, though armed, never fired their weapons. How did they pull it off? By cutting a hole... More »

The 20th Century's Biggest Art Heists

Even the Mona Lisa was lifted once

(Newser) - Yesterday’s massive theft from the Paris Museum of Modern Art is already being called the “heist of the century,” although we have a few years yet to see how it holds up. The Independent looked over the 20th century and compiled a list of 10 major art... More »

German Cops Hunt 'Dumb' Gang in $340K Poker Heist

Robbers left 'mountains of clues' after raid on Berlin tourney

(Newser) - German police say it will be only a matter of time before they catch up with the gang who made off with $340,000 in jackpot money after storming a Berlin poker tournament over the weekend. The masked, machete- and gun-wielding thugs carried out the robbery "chaotically and amateurishly"... More »

Santa Robs Nashville Bank

Bad Santa tells bank workers he needs cash to pay elves

(Newser) - Nashville police are seeking a bad Santa who robbed a local bank and fled with a red sack full of cash. The man, dressed in a Santa suit and sunglasses, "took his little red sack and pulled out a gun and told everyone to be still," one witness... More »

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