Jewelry History Lesson: Top 5 Jewelry Heists

We’re sure you’ve heard about the latest jewelry heist in London, where thieves walked away with almost $300 million (if you haven’t, think Oceans Eleven). We’ve gone ahead and compiled a very important history lesson that we’d love to share with you – five of the top jewelry heists in history! Check em’ out.

1) London Hatton Garden Jewelry Heist

When: Good Friday and Easter Sunday, April 2015.

Where: Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Limited (HGSD), London, England.

How: Robbers entered through the elevator shaft and emptied 72 safety deposit boxes.

Amount Stolen: Around $300 million in jewelry.


2) Carlton Cannes Heist 

When: July 2013.

Where: The Carlton Intercontinental Hotel, Cannes, France.

How:  One robber entered the lobby and filled his briefcase with jewelry from the “Extraordinary Diamonds” hotel jewelry exhibit from Leviev diamond company.

Amount Stolen: Around $136 million in jewelry.


3) Graff Diamonds Heist

 When: August 2009.

Where: Graff Diamonds jewelry store, London, England.

How: Two members from “Pink Panthers” robbery crew underwent four hours of makeup for disguises, threatened those inside with guns, took hostages, and got away in getaway cars.

Amount Stolen: Around $65 million in jewelry.


4) Harry Winston Paris Heist

 When: December 2008.

Where: Harry Winston jewelry store, Paris, France.

How: Four men entered the store dressed in wigs, and knew employees first names and where hidden storage boxes were located.

Amount Stolen: Around $113 million in jewelry.




5) Antwerp Diamond Center Heist

When: February 2003.

Where: Antwerp Diamond Center, Antwerp, Belgium.

How: “The School of Turin” gang planned for four years, had copies of vault keys made, taped over security cameras, and were able to bypass layers and layers of security including infrared heat detectors.

Amount Stolen: Around $100 million in jewelry.









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