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Fed Say They've Busted Beer Train Bandits

8 alleged members of Bronx-based 'Beer Theft Enterprise' face federal charges

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors are calling it the "Beer Theft Enterprise." According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, eight Bronx residents are charged with stealing beer worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in heists at rail yards and warehouses across the Northeast, the New York Times reports. Prosecutors said that...

Legal Fight Rages Over Unsolved $17M Gold Heist

Brink's, Air Canada each blame the other

(Newser) - More than seven months after a brazen heist at Toronto's Pearson International Airport , the thieves still have not been caught. A legal battle, however, is raging. Thieves used a counterfeit waybill to claim a cargo container holding nearly $17 million worth of gold bars and cash from an airport...

Story of $6M Bank Heist Will Have You Shaking Your Head

Authorities say Costa Rica's largest-ever bank heist was an inside job

(Newser) - Little by little, an employee of Costa Rica's National Bank took advantage of a surveillance blindspot to slip more than $6 million worth of currency into envelopes and casually walk out of the country's largest bank, authorities said Wednesday. First announced last month, it was the largest bank...

Thieves Melted Down Some of Their Looted Ancient Coins

But authorities in Germany hold out hope of retrieving most of the 483 Celtic coins stolen

(Newser) - Investigators looking into the theft of hundreds of ancient gold coins from a German museum have found lumps of gold that appear to have resulted from part of the treasure being melted down, officials said. Four suspects were arrested Tuesday over the Nov. 22 break-in at the Celtic and Roman...

Vegas Casino Robber Turns Out to Be a Vegas Cop

Caleb Rogers faces life in prison because he carried a loaded weapon

(Newser) - A federal jury convicted a Las Vegas police officer Friday on all counts of stealing nearly $165,000 during a trio of casino heists, including one where he was armed with a department-issued weapon that was loaded, per the AP . Caleb Rogers, 35, faces life in prison upon sentencing because...

Aircraft Container Holding $15M Worth of Gold, Valuables Stolen in Heist

No suspects yet arrested in Toronto incident

(Newser) - Authorities say $15 million worth of gold and other valuables were stolen Monday in a heist at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The airport is often used to ship gold mined in Ontario, the BBC reports. A "high-value" aircraft container arrived on a plane that night and was unloaded and...

Woman, 78, With 2 Past Robbery Convictions in Trouble Again

Authorities: Bonnie Gooch's note to teller at bank she robbed said, 'I didn't mean to scare you'

(Newser) - A 78-year-old woman with two past bank robbery convictions faces new charges after authorities allege she handed a teller a note that said, "I didn't mean to scare you" during a recent Missouri heist, per the AP . Bonnie Gooch is jailed on $25,000 bond after she was...

Arrests Made in Wine Heist Planned in 'Millimetric Detail'
Couple Sentenced
in $1.7M Wine Heist

Couple Sentenced in $1.7M Wine Heist

They made off with 45 bottles from luxury hotel in Spain

(Newser) - A former Mexican beauty queen and her Romanian-Dutch partner have been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing wine worth $1.7 million from a luxury hotel in Spain—but the fate of the wine is still a mystery. Prosecutors said Priscila Guevara and Constantín Dumitru made off...

3 Years After Stunning Heist, Big News From Authorities

German officials say 'significant part' of treasures stolen from Green Vault museum have been found

(Newser) - German authorities said Saturday that they've recovered a significant part of the 18th-century treasures stolen from Dresden's Green Vault museum in a spectacular break-in more than three years ago. Prosecutors and police said in a statement that they secured 31 items in Berlin overnight, including "several pieces...

'It's a Complete Catastrophe': Ancient Coins Stolen in Heist

Theft occurred at Germany's Celtic and Roman Museum

(Newser) - The Celtic and Roman Museum has lost its most precious treasure. The New York Times reports 483 ancient gold coins thought to be worth $1.7 million were on Tuesday morning discovered stolen from the museum, located in Manching, Germany. "It's a complete catastrophe," said mayor Herbert...

Already Angry Bank Customers Here Are About to Get Angrier

Lebanon shutters banks 'indefinitely' after heist spree by patrons trying to access trapped cash

(Newser) - If you're in Lebanon and need to do regular banking, better download the app—and expect all the usual limitations on how much money you can take out. That's because after being closed for three days already, most banks there are now shuttered "indefinitely" after a rush...

Brink's Driver Was Asleep When Millions in Jewels Were Stolen: Suit

Haul from jewelry heist worth somewhere in the millions

(Newser) - One of the drivers of a Brink’s tractor-trailer was asleep inside the big rig, parked near a remote Southern California rest stop earlier this summer, when thieves broke a lock and stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry and gemstones, according to a lawsuit filed by the security company....

A Nasty Text Helps Detectives Solve a Massive Burglary Case

How police tracked down 3 men who took Tamara Ecclestone's diamonds

(Newser) - That the $29 million theft of cash and jewelry from heiress Tamara Ecclestone's home was well investigated isn't too surprising. Somehow seeing it laid out step by step is. In a lengthy piece for the BBC , Thomas Mackintosh recounts how the case—"the biggest domestic burglary in...

The LA Shootout Was Like Something Straight Out of Heat

Mel Magazine goes inside an infamous 1997 bank robbery

(Newser) - When it comes to Los Angeles bank robbers, Larry Phillips and Emil Matasareanu were like no others. In a lengthy piece for Mel Magazine , Zaron Burnett III takes a look into the havoc wrought by the two weightlifters, friends who teamed up to start robbing banks in the mid-'90s....

Man in Prison for Stealing Syrup Now Told to Pay Millions

Richard Vallieres was part of massive scheme that lifted one of country's hottest commodities

(Newser) - In what may be the most Canadian of crimes yet—and the "stickiest," per the BBC —the nation's high court this week ruled that a "major player" in a scheme to steal a massive amount of maple syrup must pay a $7.2 million fine....

Netflix Heist Drama Lupin Ends Up Target of Thieves
After Heist on Lupin Set,
7 Hit With Charges

After Heist on Lupin Set, 7 Hit With Charges

Authorities are still seeking others after Feb. 25 incident in which $330K in equipment was stolen

(Newser) - Update: Seven youths have been charged in connection with a heist last month on the set of the Netflix series Lupin. On Feb. 25, about 20 thieves descended upon production taking place in the Nanterre district of France, outside of Paris, swiping equipment worth $330,000. According to AFP, the...

Thieves Swipe Hundreds of Props From The Crown
The Crown Suffers
a $200K Theft

The Crown Suffers a $200K Theft

Thieves made off with more than 350 props, police say

(Newser) - Three vehicles hit by thieves in South Yorkshire, England, contained some unusual items: more than 350 props used in the Netflix series The Crown. The BBC reports by way of police that the items were stolen on Feb. 16 from vehicles parked near a filming location. The loot included many...

The Paintings Remain Missing, but Authorities Say There's DNA

Nils M has been charged in the Netherlands

(Newser) - His resume fits: a Dutch man identified as Nils M spent five years behind bars in connection with the 2012 theft of a 17th-century church vessel from a museum whose doors he blasted open. Prosecutors allege he struck again following his release. The 59-year-old was arrested in April and stands...

Story of Spectacular Heist Has Never Been Told Like This

'GQ' goes deep into the Green Vault heist

(Newser) - There's a good chance you heard about the Green Vault heist , a spectacular theft of jewels in Dresden, Germany, in 2019. But you definitely haven't heard about it like Joshua Hammer tells it. In a lengthy piece for GQ , he goes deep into the billion-dollar crime, the suspects,...

Hacker Behind $610M Crypto Theft: I Had Good Intentions

Almost all of the stolen funds have been returned by 'Mr. White Hat'

(Newser) - It seems pleading worked. Poly Network, which urged hackers to return more than $610 million in cryptocurrency stolen from its decentralized finance platform this week in one of the largest ever cryptocurrency thefts, says almost all of the assets have been returned. In a Thursday tweet, the platform said the...

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