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  • A Lone Bandit and the Mystery of France's Greatest Diamond Heist

    09/06/2013 6:04:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 9-6-13 | Ryan Jacobs
    A gunman stole $136 million of jewelry from an exhibition at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes hotel in July. Investigators and gem experts are still wondering how it happened. The terrace doors of the opulent Intercontinental Carlton Cannes hotel on the French Riviera were supposed to be locked. But before lunchtime on the last Sunday of July, a thief—whose face was obscured with a bandanna and a motorcycle helmet—managed to slip through them and directly into an exhibition room loaded with millions of dollars worth of Leviev diamonds, "the world's most extraordinary." Armed with an automatic pistol and an uncanny familiarity...
  • "Rot in hell":Daughter's outburst about mom who has resurfaced after missing for ELEVEN years

    05/03/2013 1:27:09 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 121 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 2 May 2013 | | David Mccormack
    Full title - "'You deserve to rot in hell for what you have done to me': Daughter's twitter outburst about mom who has resurfaced after being missing for ELEVEN years" The teenage daughter of a woman who secretly left her family 11 years ago says she's angry and doesn't want to have a relationship with her. Morgan Heist said Thursday that she's still trying to sort out why Brenda Heist would have decided to abandon her and her brother in Pennsylvania in 2002 and hitchhike with strangers to Florida. Morgan Heist is now a 19-year-old freshman at a community college...
  • Edmonton triple-homicide suspect arrested at U.S. border (Held up armored car)

    06/17/2012 4:43:21 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    Travis Baumgartner, 21, had no passport, tried to enter U.S. with Alberta driver's licence, according to U.S. border officialsThe man wanted in connection with a deadly armoured-car heist at the University of Alberta had over $330,000 in cash in his vehicle when he was arrested at a U.S. border crossing adjoining British Columbia, U.S. border officers say. Travis Baumgartner, 21, was stopped at the border crossing in Lynden, Wash., near the U.S.-Canada border southwest of Abbotsford, B.C., Edmonton police said Saturday. Border security was alerted when his licence plate was scanned by an automated system and set off an alarm...
  • Police: Women Stole Cognac and Adult Videos

    06/05/2012 12:30:37 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    fox40.com ^ | 3 June 2012 | Sam Cohen and Chris Nelson
    STOCKTON — Three women stole bottles of alcohol and adult videos, after a brief stand-off with a store clerk. Sunday afternoon, the three women walked into a Stockton liquor store. While one kept the clerk distracted, the other two made their way to the back and grabbed some cognac and adult DVDs. When the clerk saw them try to steal, he locked the doors to the store and confronted them. According to Stockton Police, one of the women kicked out the glass front door. The clerk grabbed a baseball bat, as one of the women grabbed a piece of metal...
  • 2 NYC officers charged in $1 million perfume heist

    03/05/2010 3:50:35 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 385+ views
    hosted ^ | E-Mail | Print | Save | Post | Get Photos | Get Reprints | Reuse Options | DAVID PORTER
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Two New York City police officers helped carry out a $1 million perfume heist at a New Jersey warehouse last month, acting like bumbling amateurs by using their own IDs to rent trucks that later tied them to the crimes, according to a federal complaint filed Friday......
  • Trio tripped up in Meadows scam DA says they took almost $430,000 through a casino soft spot

    10/07/2009 7:26:20 PM PDT · by malkee · 9 replies · 833+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 10 7 09 | Janice Crompton
    He's been jobless and living on Social Security disability income for 15 years, yet Andre Michael Nestor told District Judge Jay Weller yesterday he had access to $400,000 cash to bail himself and a friend out of jail. That amount represents slightly less than what Mr. Nestor and two friends are accused of stealing from The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, in what officials have characterized as one of the biggest casino heists ever. It is certainly the largest in Pennsylvania, Washington County District Attorney Steven Toprani said yesterday during a news conference to announce county grand jury indictments of Mr....
  • Armless getaway driver leads police a merry dance

    09/14/2009 2:45:59 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 19 replies · 752+ views
    the register ^ | 9-14-09 | Lester Haines
    An semi-armless teenager who acted as getaway driver on a jewellery heist, driving at 100mph during a police pursuit "despite needing somebody to change the gears for him", has escaped jail, the Telegraph reports. John Smith, 18 - who has no arms below the elbow - was in charge of a Ford Focus during the robbery of Ernest Jones in Hempstead Valley shopping centre near Rainham, Kent, on 17 December last year.
  • Were Pink Panthers Behind Last Week's Record-Breaking Gem Heist? ($65 Million)

    08/14/2009 6:50:08 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 10 replies · 741+ views
    ABCNews.com ^ | 08/14/09 | CORNELIA TREPTOW
    here is growing speculation that the $65 million heist of an exclusive London jewelry store was the work of a notorious band of European jewel thieves known to police as the Pink Panthers. A key element in the speculation is that the men who looted Graff Diamonds on New Bond Street Aug. 6 made no effort to hide their faces, suggesting that they had been able to alter their looks with "Mission Impossible" style prosthetic make-up. Disguises as well as lightning-quick robberies have been hallmarks of the Pink Panthers who last year dressed as blond women to get past security...
  • Graff Diamonds Ł40 Million Jewellery Robbery Is Britain's Biggest Gem Heist [$65M]

    08/11/2009 10:21:18 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 581+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | August 11, 2009
    Graff Diamonds Ł40 million jewellery robbery is Britain's biggest gem heist A Ł40 million raid on Graff Diamonds, the Mayfair jewellers, is thought to be the biggest ever gems heist in Britain. Richard Edwards 11 Aug 2009 Scotland Yard have issued CCTV images of two men dressed in suits, concealing handguns, who escaped with 43 rings, bracelets, necklaces and watches from the central London store last week. They threatened staff at Graff’s with handguns, briefly seized a woman employee as a hostage, and fired warning shots as they made a getaway in a series of cars. The two men, thought...
  • Dense and opulent, with a sweet nose, $20K bottle of wine stolen in Hopkinton (MA)

    08/01/2009 5:49:24 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 25 replies · 1,621+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 1, 2009 | Terri Schwartz
    Dense and opulent, with a sweet nose, $20K bottle of wine stolen in Hopkinton August 1, 2009 07:34 PM By Terri Schwartz, Globe Staff This was no bottle of "Two Buck Chuck." A Hopkinton liquor store owner says thieves stole a bottle of wine worth $20,000 from his store.
  • Canada: Audit fails to rule out gold heist at Mint

    06/30/2009 4:18:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 514+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 06/30/09 | Bruce Campion-Smith
    Audit fails to rule out gold heist at Mint Security probe called as sloppy bookkeeping rejected as cause of missing riches June 30, 2009 Bruce Campion-Smith OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF OTTAWA – The federal government has ordered an immediate review of security at the Royal Canadian Mint after an external audit suggested criminal activity could be behind the disappearance of $15.3 million worth of gold and other precious metals. The months-long external review ruled out sloppy bookkeeping or accounting errors for the fact that 17,500 troy ounces of gold (about 544 kilograms) has gone missing, raising the possibility that thieves took...
  • Lohan Investigated in Jewel Theft Caper (Scotland Yard)

    06/15/2009 7:46:17 PM PDT · by tlb · 59 replies · 3,457+ views
    TMZ ^ | Jun 15th 2009 | TMZ
    Lindsay Lohan is wanted for questioning in connection with a jewel heist -- and an expensive one at that. Scotland Yard is investigating the disappearance of around $500,000 worth of jewels -- earrings and a necklace -- that went missing after an Elle magazine shoot ... and guess who was front and center for the shoot? Our freckle-faced friend. Scotland Yard wants to question LiLo ...but they're quick to add others are being investigated as well. Lohan's rep was not immediately available for comment.
  • Eight Killed in South African Butcher Shop Bloodbath After Heist Goes Awry

    01/30/2009 3:52:33 PM PST · by metmom · 12 replies · 440+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Friday, January 30, 2009
    A cash heist at a butcher shop in the South African port of Durban ended in a bloodbath Friday when police fatally shot all eight suspects as they fled with their loot. "The suspects entered the butcher's and held up people at gunpoint. They later fled with an unspecified amount of money. The police gave chase,'' Police Inspector Michael Read said. "Police shot dead all eight suspects, all men, after they lost control of the vehicle in which they were fleeing."
  • Deadly bank robbing gone wrong (Birmingham, AL). Suspect on loose

    05/14/2007 9:05:22 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 16 replies · 995+ views
    BESSEMER, Alabama: A gunman fatally shot two bank employees during a robbery Monday morning at a Wachovia bank branch in Alabama, authorities said. Deputies later shot one suspect as he left the bank with a gun held to a female hostage's head, and they were searching for a possible second suspect, a sheriff's spokesman told The Birmingham News. The spokesman said two other employees were shot and wounded.
  • Man steals $28 million from Antwerp bank

    03/12/2007 7:28:58 PM PDT · by bamahead · 10 replies · 604+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | March 12, 2007 | AOIFE WHITE
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - A man stole $28 million worth of diamonds from an Antwerp bank where he had been a trusted customer for a year using a stolen Argentine passport, officials said Monday. Authorities now believe that he was using a false identity because a passport in that name was stolen in Israel a few years ago. ---------------------- They said he speaks English with an American accent and often wears a baseball cap, and they are appealing to anyone who got to know him during his time in the city to come forward. The bank discovered the theft on March...
  • Iraqi accused of $1bn heist[$US800 Million]

    03/12/2007 11:00:23 AM PDT · by FLOutdoorsman · 7 replies · 496+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | 12 March 2007 | Marie Colvin
    A former Iraqi defence minister whose 10 months in office coincided with the disappearance of more than $US800 million ($1 billion) from the ministry's coffers is living openly in Amman and London despite a warrant for his arrest. Hazem al-Shaalan, a small businessman in London until Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003, rose in a year to take one of the most important jobs in the interim government that ran Iraq from 2004 to 2005. He left Baghdad before the next government discovered that a fortune had been looted from his ministry's account in what one senior investigator has called...
  • Bank Heist Suspect, 74, Freed (Granny Get Your Gun)

    03/10/2006 3:26:39 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 42 replies · 594+ views
    TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | 2/10/06 | Jill King Greenwood
    Great-grandmother Marilyn Devine had tears in her eyes when she walked out of the Allegheny County Jail and into the arms of her husband of 32 years. Clinging to him Thursday evening, she apologized for robbing a West Mifflin bank. And although she spoke well of guards who watched over her in confinement, she said she thinks she has been punished enough. "You don't know what stress it is to disgrace yourself and your family and spend four days in lockup, when you've been a good person your whole life," the 74-year-old Baldwin Borough woman said minutes after posting a...
  • Police arrest two but cash may already be overseas and far away (U.K.-50 million Pounds heist)

    02/23/2006 3:58:48 PM PST · by indcons · 9 replies · 497+ views
    Times Online ^ | February 24, 2006 | Steve Bird, Will Pavia and Stewart Tendler
    DETECTIVES hunting the armed gang responsible for stealing up to £50million in Britain’s biggest cash robbery have arrested two people, police confirmed last night. Senior officers described the arrests for conspiracy to commit robbery as “a significant breakthrough”. The suspects, a man aged 29 and a woman aged 31, were arrested separately in South London. The arrests came hours after insurers offered Britain’s biggest reward of £2 million. Last night the couple, who have not been named, were being held at police stations in Kent as police searched two addresses in Forest Hill, South London. Adrian Leppard, the assistant chief...
  • Robbers take $43M in England heist

    02/22/2006 8:28:44 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies · 493+ views
    CNN ^ | February 22, 2006
    LONDON, England (CNN) -- Authorities in Kent, England, have appealed to the public for help in solving the armed robbery of a security company, which involved the kidnapping of a manager and resulted in the theft of 25 million pounds, or about $43.5 million. The incident at the Securitas security depot in Tonbridge began Tuesday evening, according to a statement issued by Kent Police's serious and organized crime unit.
  • A Fitting Place at Ground Zero

    06/09/2005 2:01:03 PM PDT · by ntnychik · 8 replies · 399+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 9, 2005 | Richard J. Tofel
    A year ago tomorrow, a new institution called the International Freedom Center was formally designated by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. as one of the four cultural institutions for the World Trade Center site, all to be operated under the aegis of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. ... snip ...the International Freedom Center...will serve as a complement to the Memorial, bringing a universal "narrative of hope" to a place where hope is imperative... snip ...the International Freedom Center will host debates and note points of view with which you--and I--will disagree... snip Judge Learned Hand may have put it...
  • SpongeBob bandit strikes sixth metro-area bank

    02/04/2005 6:18:55 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 14 replies · 364+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 2-4-05 | Chao Xiong
    An armed robber with a proclivity for the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants struck his sixth bank Wednesday, working at what authorities call a "dramatic" pace and showing dangerous aggression. The suspect robbed the Hastings TCF Bank branch at Cub Foods, 1729 Marquette Blvd., about 7:10 p.m. He displayed a long-barreled handgun, demanded money and threatened to kill the teller, according to the FBI. He stashed an undisclosed amount of money in a SpongeBob gift bag and fled on foot. Authorities believe he is responsible for a string of robberies in the past three months at Cub Foods TCF banks in...
  • TERRI SCHINDLER SCHIAVO JANUARY 2005 Dailies: News Digest, Restating the Obvious & Thank Yous...

    12/29/2004 7:16:22 AM PST · by floriduh voter · 2,218 replies · 21,117+ views
    Free Republic & Various Sources ^ | December 30, 2004 | Floriduh Voter
    The Terri Schindler Schiavo Daily Threads are created month to month as we watch local and national news regarding Terri and her family. Since Terri's supporters are in every time zone, you may see something FIRST. Please share news with us that you don't see here already. Now, why would you want to do that? Terri's Daily Thread for September/October of 2004 was viewed over 15,000 times. Terri's November Daily Thread was viewed over 6,000 times. December's thread is over 3,000 views. More and more good folks are finding out about Terri and that judicial tyranny would take her life,...
  • National Archives Video of Sandy Berger's Document Dump!

    07/23/2004 10:33:46 PM PDT · by Registered · 22 replies · 2,171+ views
    RegisteredMedia ^ | 07.24.04 | RegisteredMedia
  • Palestinian Bank Robbery In Progress!!! LIVE CAM

    05/26/2004 9:39:57 AM PDT · by Registered · 17 replies · 126+ views
    RegisteredMedia ^ | 05.26.04 | Registered
  • FBI: Extortion debt at root of Brink's holdup

    07/24/2003 4:18:01 PM PDT · by RedBloodedAmerican · 14 replies · 246+ views
    Daytona News Journal Online - frontpage ^ | 07.24.2003 | MARK I. JOHNSON
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- As two men go before a federal magistrate in Orlando today accused of trying to steal a Brink's armored car containing $50.3 million, details of the crime are surfacing. Jose Alfaya, 31, Tampa, and Victor Moscoso, 34, Miami, are accused of trying to hijack the vehicle, while New Smyrna Beach Police Sgt. John Kosorok is being hailed as the hero who stopped them. All the money was recovered but two other suspects still were being sought Wednesday, officials said. According to an FBI arrest affidavit, Alfaya, a Brink's branch manager in Tampa, had been trying to...
  • Alert officer foils 'largest armored car heist in history' ($50.3m)

    07/23/2003 1:26:37 PM PDT · by RedBloodedAmerican · 10 replies · 591+ views
    Daytona News Journal Online - Frontpage ^ | 07.23.2003 | MARK I. JOHNSON
    NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Police Sgt. John Kosorok knew something was wrong when he spotted a Brinks armored car parked up a dirt road west of the city Monday evening. Lauded as hero N-J/Mark I. Johnson Police Sgt. John Kosorok talks with reporters before going on duty Tuesday afternoon in front of the police station in New Smyrna Beach. The 15-year veteran of the NSB force and special response unit team leader is being credited with foiling a $50 million Brinks armored car robbery Monday night. He rolled up on the truck parked on a dirt road west of...
  • Local baker says rival stole his bread and butter ($30 mil. recipe heist/terrorism ties?)

    07/02/2003 7:31:11 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 2 replies · 380+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 1, 2003 | Michael Currie Schaffer
    Local baker says rival stole his bread and butterEspionage, Philly-style: A N.C. man wanted the secret to a better hoagie, authorities say.By Michael Currie SchafferInquirer Staff Writer Industrial spies in Bavaria heist automotive designs. In the Silicon Valley, they take computer programs. And around here, apparently, hoagie-roll recipes.An underhanded search for a better bun, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor said yesterday, helps to explain why Mazen Fathi Said was being held on $2 million bail last night.Said, who operates a small bakery in Greensboro, N.C., has been arrested on charges of burglary, theft of trade secrets, and related...
  • Mark Steyn: THEY LOOTED THE MUSEUM? TOUGH

    04/23/2003 9:26:49 AM PDT · by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood · 35 replies · 268+ views
    National Post (via SteynOnline) ^ | 4/21/03 | Mark Steyn
    THEY LOOTED THE MUSEUM? TOUGHOn our letters page last week, Douglas Anthony Cooper of Montreal chided me for my throwaway line about the anti-war crowd’s sudden interest in property crime: “Steal the photocopier from Baghdad’s Ministry of Genital Clamping and they’re pining for the smack of firm government.”“Some matters reside beyond the domain of comedy,” writes Mr Cooper. “The rape of the National Museum of Iraq and the torching of the National Library will be lamented by historians for centuries.” He concludes, “A man of Mr Steyn’s sensibilities – beneath the sneer I detect a partisan of Western civilization –...
  • Four arrested in Belgian diamond heist

    02/25/2003 9:18:03 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 3 replies · 384+ views
    UPI ^ | February 25, 2003
    ANTWERP, Belgium, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Belgian police have arrested four suspects in connection with last week's multimillion-dollar diamond robbery in Antwerp, the city's public prosecutor confirmed Tuesday. The alleged thieves, believed to be three Italians and one Dutch woman, will appear in court Thursday charged with masterminding the diamond capital's biggest-ever jewel heist. The news will bring some relief to Antwerp's tight-knit community of diamond cutters, buyers and sellers, who have dominated the global trade in the precious stones since the end of the 19th century. More than 80 percent of the world's diamonds pass through the prosperous Belgian...
  • Search Continues For Armored Truck Heist Bandit [NYC JFK Airport - Dunbar truck]

    02/25/2003 9:43:51 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 2 replies · 271+ views
    1010 WINS, New York ^ | Feb 25, 2003 | Staff
    (1010 WINS) (NEW YORK) Authorities on Tuesday continued to search for a bandit who reportedly made off with at least $2 million in cash after stealing an armored truck from Kennedy Airport. Port Authority spokesman Pasquale DiFulco said the armored truck was hijacked at 8:05 p.m. Sunday from cargo building 68 on Pilot Road at JFK, where Dunbar Armored Car Company is located. DiFulco said he had no details on the hijacking or how much money the vehicle contained. But newspaper reports said the truck was stolen at gunpoint by a masked bandit. It had just been loaded for delivery...
  • Crude wine choice leads to 911 call, robbery arrest Cops nab dining suspect after bank held up

    02/24/2003 6:54:07 AM PST · by vannrox · 10 replies · 372+ views
    SF GATE ^ | Thursday, February 6, 2003 | Wyatte Bucannan
    <p>Lee Harris walked into Le Central Bistro on Bush Street for lunch Wednesday wearing desert camouflage fatigues and carrying bulging duffel bags.</p> <p>That's odd, the wait staff thought.</p> <p>Then he ordered smoked salmon with a glass of red wine.</p> <p>Mon dieu!</p>
  • Two Van Gogh paintings stolen

    12/07/2002 4:40:04 AM PST · by MadIvan · 65 replies · 1,361+ views
    BBC News ^ | December 7, 2002 | BBC News
    Burglars have stolen two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh from Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, Dutch police say. The thieves got in through the roof early on Saturday, police spokesman Remco Gerretsen told BBC News Online. The stolen paintings are well known to art lovers: View of the Sea at Scheveningen and Leaving the Church at Nuenen. Police have not yet put a value on them. The paintings are among Van Gogh's later works - executed in 1882 and 1885 respectively - and such works usually sell for millions of dollars. The museum, in the heart of Amsterdam, contains the world's...
  • Burglar Puts Self on Fast-Track to Jail

    04/07/2002 12:42:25 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 248+ views
     Burglar Puts Self on Fast-Track to Jail April 5, 2002 10:41 am EST TOKYO (Reuters) - A would-be burglar put himself on the fast-track to jail after the Tokyo building he sneaked into turned out to be a police dormitory. Police arrested the 50-year-old Chinese man after he tried to run away when challenged by an off-duty officer, the late edition of the Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Friday. "I'd never have guessed police lived here," the article reported the man as saying after he was pinned down by the officer. The unmarked building had been rented by the Tokyo...