The World’s Most Infamous Heists
As a security company, we’re not in the business of glamourising theft here at Campbell & McGovern. However, there are some infamous heists that have taken place throughout history which feel as though they’ve been ripped straight from Hollywood. Here we detail just a few of the world’s most iconic heists.
The Lufthansa Heist was committed by New York City’s Lucchese crime family in 1978 and was the real-life inspiration for the heist depicted in Goodfellas. With the assistance of an insider who supplied the necessary keycards, the hoods gained entrance to JFK Airport where they stole nearly $6 million in little over an hour.
More notorious than the actually robbery, however, was the atmosphere of paranoia that encircled the perpetrators and led them to killing each other for fear they would be turned in.
The Hatton Garden heist is one of the most recent high-profile robberies to take place here in the UK. With a combined age of over 430 years, the story of the men who committed the robbery is striking and led to a film fronted by Michael Caine.
The thieves used an elevator shaft to get to the underground vault and then drilled through half a metre of concrete and crawled through. The men were all imprisoned for their crime, however, only a fraction of the jewels were ever found.
The United California Bank Robbery was nearly a pitch-perfect heist but was foiled by one simple slip up; a dirty dish. The crew comprised professional thieves, an explosives expert, getaway driver and tool inventor and took place over three evenings across a weekend in 1972.
After breaking in with dynamite on a Friday, they completely gutted the vault of cash by Sunday and cleaned everything in their hideout apartment before heading off. Their fatal flaw was that they forgot to turn the dishwasher on before leaving, which led to the discovery of fingerprints and their arrest.
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