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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...

Cryptocurrency Platform to Hackers: Please Return $600M

Crypto heist at decentralized finance platform Poly Network may be largest ever

(Newser) - Hackers have stolen more than $600 million worth of cryptocurrency in what is "likely to be one of the biggest cryptocurrency thefts ever," reports CNBC . In a message to the hackers, Poly Network, a platform allowing users to transfer tokens between different blockchains, said "the amount of...

Heist Was Straight Out the Movies, Except for the Loot
The Heist Was Worth
Millions—in Books

The Heist Was Worth Millions—in Books

'Vanity Fair' recounts an unusual theft from a London warehouse

(Newser) - The crime was so unusual—so acrobatic—that police in London checked to see if the circus had been in town. That turned out to be a dead end, writes Marc Wortman in a lengthy Vanity Fair piece about the 2017 heist. Thieves had climbed to the roof of a...

$6.6M in Apple Products Stolen in Truck Heist

British police say driver, guard were tied up

(Newser) - Police in Britain have asked the public to be on the lookout for anybody selling suspiciously cheap Apple products. Police say bandits made off with $6.6 million in iPhone 11s, iPads, Apple Watches, and other products after a truck heist in Northamptonshire, central England, reports Reuters . The truck was...

In 4 Museum Heists, Thieves Went After the Same Thing

A fortune's worth of Nazi uniforms stolen in Europe since March

(Newser) - Thieves set up a roadblock of tires, parked a fake police car beside it, then smashed down the door of the Eyewitness War Museum in the Netherlands, from which they took $1.5 million in World War II memorabilia in just five minutes, per the New York Times . "It...

Thieves Swipe 75 Vehicles in Brazen Heist

Bay Area theft one of many well-coordinated ones capitalizing on chaos of Floyd protests

(Newser) - Police in a small San Francisco Bay Area community were about to help authorities in neighboring Oakland keep the peace during a protest when a more pressing crisis hit home: Groups of thieves had pillaged malls, set fire to a Walmart, and stormed a car dealership. By the time San...

Prosecutors: 4 Guards Were In On $1.1B Jewel Heist

4 guards under the microscope for suspected role in November's Green Vault break-in in Germany

(Newser) - Seven people in total are believed to have been involved in November's brazen jewelry heist from Dresden's Green Vault, and four of them may have been security guards in on the scheme. The Guardian reports that two of the suspects were working at the museum on Nov. 25,...

Video Captures Brazen Jewel Heist in Broad Daylight

3 suspects made off with an estimated $4M in jewelry in Manhattan

(Newser) - A brazen daylight heist was caught on surveillance video in Manhattan Sunday, where three men entered "celebrity jeweler" Avianne & Co. around noon and walked out with an estimated $4 million in jewelry in what CBS New York calls a "Hollywood-style robbery." The men posed as customers...

Bellagio Heist Goes South, Suspect Is Shot

Vegas police officer also injured but has already been treated and released from hospital

(Newser) - "I'm in the poker room and we've been locked in for an hour, not even bathroom, no joke!" That was just one of the tweets that allegedly emerged from inside the Bellagio casino and hotel during an attempted heist in Las Vegas Friday night. Las Vegas...

The Weirdest of Heists: 'Ancient Water' Stolen

Iceberg Vodka discovered one of its tanks was empty on Monday

(Newser) - "Whoever did it, they knew what they were doing." So says the CEO of a Canadian vodka company who claims to have a bizarre theft on his hands. David Meyers alleges nearly 8,000 gallons of what the CBC calls "ancient water" was stolen over the weekend....

A Baseball Player With Promise Took a Wrong Turn
A Baseball Player With
Promise Took a Wrong Turn

A Baseball Player With Promise Took a Wrong Turn

Inside the fall of Darrell Dent Jr.

(Newser) - It's a set-up so perfect it reads like fiction: A promising minor league baseball player who was so good at stealing the back of his card touted him as having a 77% success rate at stealing bases went on to become one of the masterminds of a ring of...

Church Wakes Up to Find Roof Entirely Gone
Thieves Steal an Entire Roof

Thieves Steal an Entire Roof

All Saints Church in Bedfordshire, England, copes with a major loss

(Newser) - A church in England is reeling after thieves posing as tradesmen apparently stripped its lead roof bare, the Huffington Post reports. The brazen heist was spotted Tuesday when a cleaner saw daylight peeking through the roof of All Saints Church in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire. Church officials say the thieves carted...

7K Bugs, Spiders Taken in 'Unprecedented' Heist

The Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion apparently got robbed

(Newser) - See a warty glowspot roach or six-eyed sand spider crawling around Philly? Consider calling the police, because those little creatures may be among 7,000 snakes, frogs, scorpions, spiders, millipedes, and bugs apparently stolen from the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion late last month, Vice reports. Museum owner John Cambridge...

Daring Daytime Heist Ends With Swedish Crown Jewels Missing

Witnesses say 2 men took off in a speedboat

(Newser) - It was a daring daytime heist involving crown jewels, a cathedral, a speedboat, and little in the way of clues, at least so far. "It's 1-0 to them right now," the BBC quotes police rep Thomas Agnevik as saying about the men behind the theft of some...

It Was England's Biggest Burglary Ever. Now, an Arrest

Man linked to 2015 heist arrested following London raid

(Newser) - A new arrest in what prosecutors have dubbed the largest burglary in English history comes almost three years to the day after thieves stole more than $20 million in cash and jewels in a brazen heist in London. Several men were convicted in the 2015 crime and sentenced to six...

Did Book Reveal Mastermind of Audacious 1976 Heist?

Jacques Cassandri, 74, is on trial

(Newser) - Prosecutors in France say he was the mastermind behind the "heist of the century"—though "mastermind" might not be the best word for somebody who writes a book implicating himself in an unsolved crime. Jacques Cassandri, a 74-year-old organized crime figure in Marseille, is on trial for...

Jewel Thieves Hit One of World's Most Famous Hotels

3 arrested after heist at Ritz Paris

(Newser) - Armed thieves entered the luxury Ritz Hotel in Paris and stole valuable jewels and other goods from a hotel boutique Wednesday, carrying out an unusually brazen heist in one of the world's most prestigious neighborhoods. Three suspects were quickly arrested near the chic Place Vendome in central Paris, but...

Giant Gold Coin Still Missing, but Cops Make 4 Arrests

It weighs 221 pounds, was stolen from German museum

(Newser) - German police raided buildings in Berlin early Wednesday, arresting four suspects in connection with the brazen heist of a 221-pound Canadian gold coin stolen from one of the city's museums earlier this year. The raids of 13 different buildings lasted several hours, but, alas, the gold coin was not...

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