1. Banco Central Burglary
Location :Fortaleza, Brazil in 200
Ammount Stolen: $70 million
Just after they rented a commercial property in the middle of the city and posing as landscapers, the gang behind this enormous heist spent a whole three months digging a 256-foot tunnel to a position beneath the bank. Then, over a weekend in August, they tunneled up through reinforced concrete into the vault of the Banco Central branch and managed to remove 3.5 tons of Brazilian real notes, much of which has never been recovered.
2. Brink's-MAT Robbery
Location :London, 1983
Stolen ammount : £26 million ($41 million)
On an early morning in November, six robbers made their way into the Brink's-MAT warehouse at Heathrow Airport with help from a security guard who was in on the job. Their original plan involved taking just the £3 million in cash thought to be under lock and key, but that changed once they discovered an additional three tons of gold bullion and diamonds, significantly padding their planned payday. Several subsequent murders have been linked to the case, and while much of the gang involved has since been convicted, the gold has never been recovered.
3. Securitas Depot Robbery
Location 'Kent, UK; 2006
Ammount Stolen: £53.1 million ($83 million)
This brazen heist remains the largest cash robbery in British history and was executed with a more violent vision than most others on this list. After posing as police and kidnapping both the Securitas branch manager and his family, the heavily armed gang of thieves brought him to the depot where they then bound his 14 employees and forced him to open the cash cages. Most of the crew (which included one of the world's foremost cage fighters) was later caught and convicted, although at least one is said to be living off the loot as a free man in the West Indies.
4. Northern Bank Robbery
Location:Belfast, UK; 2004
Ammount :Stolen: £26.5 million ($41 million)
Days before Christmas, a gang of robbers posing as officials coaxed their way into the homes of two of the bank branch managers, holding them and their families at gunpoint. The following day, as their families remained under threat, the managers were instructed to head to work as normal, and told to let the robbers in at the end of business hours. Once they looted the place, the thieves released the families unharmed. Many have speculated that the whole thing was the work of the Provisional IRA or Sinn Fein, but as of today the crime remains unsolved.
5. Central Bank of Iraq Robbery
Location : Baghdad, Iraq; 2003
Stolen Ammount: Over $920 million
Considered the biggest bank heist in history, this bold theft was allegedly ordered directly by Saddam Hussein himself just days before the American invasion. Reports suggest that following the crime, a note signed by Hussein surfaced, instructing that $920 million be withdrawn by the bank and given it to his son Qusay, who reportedly spent the better part of five hours with another unknown individual loading the heaps of money into vehicles to an undisclosed location. Today, it's unclear how much of the total missing cash has been recovered, but it's believed that at least $650 million was discovered in one of Hussein's palaces during a raid.
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