Top 5 Biggest Robberies Ever. These are the biggest robberies ever that we could find. These big robberies were are pretty bold!
5. SMBC London Robbery
In 2004, a group of criminal hackers vigorously tried to infiltrate a Japanese bank called Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Their plan was allegedly to steal approximately $423 million and electronically transfer the money to ten accounts around the world. It was a near-success and well on its way when the scheme was uncovered during an investigation code-named Operation Blossom, which was devised by British cyber-cops from the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit. All of the money was retrieved.
4. Gardner Museum Robbery
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (ISGM) or Fenway Court houses an art collection of world importance. In 1990, thirteen of the museum's works were stolen; the high-profile crime remains unsolved and the artwork's location is still unknown. A reward of up to $5 million, offered by the museum for information leading to the recovery of the stolen artwork, remains open.
3. City Bonds Robbery
John Goddard, a 58-year-old messenger with money broker Sheppards was carrying Bank of England Treasury bills and certificates of deposit from banks and building societies, when he was mugged at knifepoint on a quiet side street in the City of London in 1990. The mugger escaped with 301 Treasury bills and certificates of deposit, mostly for £1 million each. City of London police and the FBI infiltrated the gang involved in laundering the bonds. The police recovered all but two of the 301 bonds thanks to an informant.
2. Central Bank of Iraq Robbery
In March 2003, on several occasions beginning on March 18, the day before United States forces entered Baghdad, nearly US$1 billion was stolen from the Central Bank of Iraq. This is considered the largest bank heist in history. That month, a handwritten note signed by Saddam Hussein surfaced, ordering $920 million to be withdrawn and given to his son Qusay Hussein. The cash was loaded into trucks and to this day has not been retrieved…
1. Stéphane Breitwieser
Stéphane Breitwieser is a Frenchman notorious for his art thefts between 1995 and 2001. He admitted to stealing 239 artworks and other exhibits, worth an estimated US$1.4 billion, from 172 museums while travelling around Europe and working as a waiter. The Guardian called him "arguably the world's most consistent art thief". He differs from most other art thieves in that he did not steal for any profit motive. At his trial, the magistrate quoted him as saying, "I enjoy art. I love such works of art. I collected them and kept them at home."