Monday, June 24, 2013

The Latest Diamond Heists

Diamonds are one of the most valuable items in the world, and because of this, it is not uncommon for heists to happen often. Diamond heists have happened all throughout history. It is also rare for the thieves to get caught after the deed is done. Many of these heists are intricately constructed; they are usually highly organized professionals that start weaving their ideas months or even years before they decide to strike. Those that are successful manage to rake in jewels that are worth thousands and even millions of dollars.

Let’s take a look at some of the most recent diamond heists:
NYC Diamond Heist at Tiffany’s. A well dressed man was entering the biggest Tiffany store on Fifth Avenue where he proceeded to call a salesperson. He then exited the with more than $100,000 on his hands by robbing two expensive diamond necklaces. The New York City Police Department has a strong lead on the case thanks to a surveillance camera that recorded the whole incident. Interestingly enough, the suspect did not use any means of violence to achieve his goals: he simply engaged an employee in conversation and quickly exited the store after the salesman turned away for a moment. The incident happened on June 7.

The Graff Diamonds robbery. This millionaire heist occurred in New Bond Street, London when two men posing as customers entered the Graff Diamonds store. The robbers assaulted the salesman at gunpoint and managed to steal a total of $US 65 million in items. The thieves were recorded on surveillance camera and they were arrested after the event. However, none of the jewels have been recovered yet.

The Damiani Showroom Heist in Milan. This elaborated heist has been mentioned many times as one of the most elaborated thefts of all time. In Milan, Italy, a woman that lived close to the famous Damiani jewelry boutique had complained to the authorities about drilling sounds that annoyed her every morning. The police weren’t wise when they decided to ignore the woman’s complaints since the actual sounds she heard were a professional team of jewel thieves drilling a tunnel to a basement where the goods were stored. The thieves decided to strike a few days later after the woman heard the disturbing sounds. They are yet to be caught and the police don’t have any solid leads to this day.

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