Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting
question with the limited information I was able to compile.
As I mentioned, I am happy to provide you with my favorite heist
stories. If this topic interests you these will undoubtedly make for
fascinating reading. I, for one, enjoy the mystery associated with
such crimes because I have invested most of my life in my career in
law enforcement. There are of course many more interesting and
notorious heists in the distant past, but here goes my attempt to find
some of my more recent favorites:
This may be self-serving, but my all time favorite is a bank robber
about whom little is written (with the exception of the Miami Herald
feature mentioned below), named GILBERT JAMES EVERETT. In 1981 Everett
became the 376th criminal to make the FBIs Top Ten Most Wanted list
and eventually worked his way up to #8. He was a master of deception
and assumed the identity of a number of people in the course of his
criminal career. Over the years, Everett had managed to escape from
prison on not one, but two occasions and had robbed 64 banks in
several different states. His methods were not that sophisticated, but
he was extremely prolific. After a harrowing, car slamming, 17-mile
high-speed pursuit on the evening of August of 1985, Everett was
finally captured. He had assumed a mans name and had all his
identification details memorized. His fatal error came a few hours
later when he sat down to talk to an FBI agent directly in front of
his own wanted poster. Although this man was convicted of his crimes,
to this day the money from these 64 banks has never been found and
its whereabouts is still an unsolved mystery that he has yet to
cooperate on. In fact, he may be patiently awaiting his next
opportunity to escape and get to the money before someone else does,
since only HE knows where it is.
Now this might not sound like a really infamous unsolved case to you,
but its my personal favorite because, after all, I was the officer
who captured him.
FBIS MOST WANTED
MIAMI HERALD: TO ROB A BANK
By ANGIE CANNON AND DAVID MARCUS
Published on January 5, 1986, Page 8, Miami Herald, The (FL)
D. B. COOPER SKYJACKER
The first notable incident that comes to mind however, is the $200,000
skyjacking of a Boeing 727 that took place on November 24, 1971. It
wasnt the most money ever taken in a heist, but the cool robber, who
identified himself only as Dan Cooper, unquestionably took a lot of
loot and to everyones astonishment, opened a door and stepped out of
the plane at an altitude of 10,000 feet! Much has been written about
this incident and some even believe they now know who this mysterious
Dan Cooper was, but whatever the case, he got away with it, and he
did it with style!
NAPLES DAILY NEWS: PACE WOMAN CLAIMS LATE HUSBAND WAS SKYJACKER D.B.
FOR MANY MORE SOURCES SEARCH FOR: D B COOPER
Here are some other notable heists:
THE LUFTHANSA HEIST 1978 Almost $6 million in cash, $850,000 in
jewelry was taken (roughly $16-$17 million on todays market).
THE LUFTHANSA HEIST
FOR MANY MORE SOURCES SEARCH FOR: LUFTHANSA HEIST
Brinks Mat Gold Theft 6,800 bars of gold (three tons) and two boxes
of diamonds were taken. Nobody even saw them do it either.
FOR MANY MORE SOURCES SEARCH FOR: BRINKS MAT GOLD
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM, BOSTON ART THEFT, 1990. Armed only
with handcuffs and duct tape, thieves dressed in authentic guard
uniforms and face disguises walked right in, abducted the staff and
took priceless objects of art valued at roughly $300 million dollars.
FOR MANY MORE SOURCES SEARCH FOR: ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER THEFT
ADDITIONAL LINKS OF INTEREST
SHERGAR THROUGHBRED THEFT 1981
Estimated at $5 million
Theres nothing sweeter than having the loot walk away on its own
THE ANTWERP SAFE DEPOSIT HEIST
There were 123 safe deposit boxes broken into and more than $100
million in diamonds, gold, jewelry, stocks, and bonds stolen. The
thieves didnt count on finding more loot than they could carry but
they somehow managed to work it out.
THE POST AND CURRIER
CARLTON HOTEL ROBBERY 1994
More than $4 million in cash and gems
Crooks rushed in and started blazing gun battle
ARAFATS BANK ROBBERY 1976
Who knows how much was taken here. Some put the figure at nearly half
a billion in currency, gold, jewelry, and stock certificates. What we
do know if that there was so much it took the crooks two days to load
it into three trucks.
THE MILLENNIUM DOME
This is the best foiled heist in recent memory, but I give these
fellows a great deal of credit to ingenuity, planning and
goal-setting. They definitely get an A for effort.
BAGHDAD ART THEFT
I guess you have to go wherever opportunity presents itself. It
appears now that professional art thieves from all over the world may
have descended on Baghdad before the war to just for this reason. If
this theory happens to be true, it was a gutsy, dangerous plan but
by golly, it was a good one (well, you know, as crimes go).
AMSTERDAM VAN GOGH THEFT
Like a scene out of Mission Impossible, thieves cut through the roof
and descended three stories into the first floor room just far enough
to grab two priceless paintings from you-know-who before climbing back
up like a spider. Nobody got hurt and no one else lost even as much
as an ear.
MUSEUM OF THE CROSS
I actually had trouble finding much about this because there simply
isnt a great deal published about it. What makes this art theft so
unique is the fact that these crooks not only knew where each of the
pieces were, they studied the poor curators business records and only
took the ones that were uninsured. No insurance company will spend a
nickel searching for these guys. Pretty smart huh?
THE HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM OF THE CROSS
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caring for an ill parent). If you find these few that I was able to
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MOST BIZARRE HEISTS
MOST CREATIVE HEISTS
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Alternatively used in place of the term HEIST was CRIME, BURGLARY,
ROBBERY and THEFT.