Previously this year we started our Mega Heists series; a series that would look at some of the biggest heists the world has ever seen. We started with The Antwerp Diamond Heist and The Baghdad Bank Robbery, two heists with a combined value of a whopping $352 million. In this post we’ll be looking at two more curious heists that were unbelievably easy to carry out. We hope you enjoy!
City Bonds Robbery – London, UK – 2/3/90 – £292 million
Most heists are naturally set in banks, jewellery shops and art galleries, but this heist is not one of those. The heist took place on a quite London side street, upon which John Goddard, a 58-year-old messenger working for a broker called Sheppards, was robbed of a briefcase at knife point. The briefcase contained 301 bearer bonds with a total value of £292 million. Bearer bonds are treated like cash, in that whoever is carrying them being deemed as the owner.
Fortunately, neither of the two assailants got away with it. Keith Cheeseman was arrested and sentenced to six and a half years in prison, and Patrick Thomas was found with a gunshot wound to the head before he could be sentenced.
Boston Museum – Boston, USA – 18/3/90 – $300 million
We’re back to a more common setting with this heist: the theft of 12 pieces with a total value of $300 million in the Boston Museum. Rather than breaking in and sneaking through the museum’s security measures, the two assailants dressed as police officers and convinced two inexperienced security guards to allow them entry into the museum. The guards quickly realised that the two men were not cops, but were then handcuffed in the basement. Rather staggeringly, neither “officer” had any visible weapons to coerce the guards with. The two men then casually went about the museum selecting pieces of art, before taking the surveillance tapes and leaving. The men appear to have made no effort to avoid damaging the paintings and even left several far more valuable pieces behind, so they are thought to just be two incredibly lucky amateurs.
The paintings included three Rembrant’s and a Vermeer but, despite several attempts by authorities to recover the paintings through deals, none of the paintings have been recovered.
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