Go directly to jail. Don't pass go. Don't collect $200: Belgium Diamond Heist


Remember the diamond heist in Brussels back in 2013? Yes, the one where eight men masquerading as police officers, drove into the Brussels Airport (pictured above) in two vehicles complete with flashing lights, boarded an airplane carrying the loot, and cleaned out the precious cargo in less than 5 minutes and drove away. They did all this without having to fire a single shot. The total worth of their booty? US$50 million.


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But unlike Danny Ocean and his posse from the Ocean’s films, these "master thievesgot caught. Not just the eight of them, but their accomplices too. After 3 months of quiet investigation and sleuthing, police in Europe made 31 arrests in three countries – one in France, six in Switzerland and a whopping 24 in Belgium.

A statement released by the Swiss prosecutor's office said,

"a big haul was seized, of 100,000 Swiss francs (80,000 euros) in cash and a large quantity of diamonds, the value of which is currently being estimated"


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Number of vehicles required to carry the loot of diamonds: 2

Length of time to carry out the heist: 5 minutes

Number of thieves required to clean out the entire cargo of diamonds: 8

Total number of people required to conspire the robbery: 31

The rewards of a heist well planned and executed: US$50,000,000

The look on the faces of all those involved when they got arrested: Priceless



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