The Most Notorious Heists In History

For most of us, bank heists, train robberies, and large-scale theft is something that only exists in movies. People plotting elaborate escapes for years, drilling through high-security vaults, and hi-jacking airplanes seem like nothing short of a James Bond film. Yet, believe it or not, things like this do happen. Granted, they don’t happen every day and people don’t always get away with it, but it’s still shocking no matter what. From stealing helicopters to trying to steal one of the world’s most expensive diamonds, these are some of the craziest heists in history.

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Valerio Viccei’s $98 Million Heist In Knightsbridge

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On July 12, 1987, Valerio Viccei and his company pulled off one of the biggest bank robberies in history in Cheval Palace, Knightsbridge, England. Before this, he had been wanted for more than 50 other bank robberies from his previous life in Italy.

On the day of the robbery, two men entered the Knightsbridge Security Deposit Center to rent a security deposit box. Once inside the vault, they drew handguns and subdued the managers and security guards. They proceeded to break open the safety deposit boxes and stole an estimated $98 million. Viccei almost got away, but when he returned to London to retrieve his Ferrari he was arrested. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison and died in a gunfight during day release in 2000.