Below is a list of the Largest and
Most Famous Bank Robberies compared in
Central Bank of
Iraq (2003), US $1 billion i.e.
Starting on the 18th March 2003, the
day before the US began bombing
Baghdad, Saddam Hussein & his two Sons
took around US $1 billion from the
Central Bank of Iraq. This is said to
be the largest Bank Heist in
About $650 million was found in
walls of Saddam Hussein's Palace by US
Troops. The remaining $350 million is
unlikely ever to be unaccounted for.
Some sources claim US Troops may have
taken some of the money.
Garden Safe Deposit Burglary /
England (2015), US $300 million.
The Hatton Garden Safe Deposit
Company is an underground Safe Deposit
facility in London. It was burgled in
April 2015 with claims anything from
£14 million to £200 million of
Diamonds, Gold and Cash was taken.
Some people never reported their
valuables were stolen, as they may have
been Illegal Investments. A number of
Elderly Men plead guilty to the Robbery
in 2016, leading to them receiving
prison sentences up to 7 years.
The men were Brian Reader 77, John
"Kenny" Collins 75, Daniel Jones 61,
Terry Perkins 67, Carl Wood 59, and
William Lincoln 60, all with a long
history of Robberies. The gang had
drilled large holes through a 2 feet
thick concrete wall to get in.
One of the gang has never been
caught. He is known as Basil because of
his long red hair as seen in the CCTV
images. A £20,000 reward is on offer
for his capture. About £4 Million of
Diamonds and Cash was recovered by
Police, some hidden in a Graveyard.
Security Deposit / England
(1987), US $111 million.
The Knightsbridge Security Deposit
Robbery took place on the 12th July
1987 in Knightsbridge, England. Two men
entered the Knightsbridge Safe Deposit
Centre enquiring about renting a Safe
Deposit Box. After being shown the
Vault, they used Hand Guns to capture
the Manager and Security Guards.
The men then put a sign on the
entrance stating the business was
closed, then allowed the rest of the
gang to enter so they could force open
the Security Boxes.
Police Forensic Investigators found
a fingerprint of a well known criminal,
the Italian, Valerio Viccei, known for
his extravagant lifestyle. After
surveillance, Viccei and his
accomplices were arrested on the 12th
August 1987, and convicted of the
On the 19th April 2000, during a day
release from Prison, the Police shot
Viccei dead during a gunfight with
Viccei and his friend. Little of the
Money or Jewels were recovered.
Depot / England(2006), £53
million or US $92.5 million.
The Securitas Depot Robbery took
place on the 22nd February 2006,
between 01:00 and 02:15. This was the
largest amount of Cash ever Stolen in
Britian. About six men from England and
North African, captured and threatened
the family of the Manager, then tied up
fourteen of the depots workers.
After arrests on the 29th Januar
2008, Stuart Royle, Lea Rusha, Jetmir
Bucpapa, and Roger Coutts, were given
Life Sentences with an order to serve a
minimum of 15 years. Emir Hysenaj was
sentenced to 20 years.
Kayenide 'Kane' Patterson is said to
have been one of the top men involved
in the crime. He evaded capture, now
said to be living in the West Indies,
with much of the stolen cash. Police
claim to have recovered around £11
Great Train Robbery / England
(1963), US $74 million.
The Great Train Robbery was a £2.3
million Train Robbery on the 8th of
August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge,
in Buckinghamshire, England. The Royal
Mail's Glasgow to London train was
stopped after the Gang altered signals.
The Gang of 15 was led by Bruce
Reynolds, with well known criminals
such as Ronnie Biggs, Charlie Wilson,
Jimmy Hussey, John Wheater, Brian
Field, Jimmy White, Tommy Wisbey,
Gordon Goody and Buster Edwards.
They made off with a haul of £2.3
million in used £1, £5 and £10 notes.
The haul was the equivalent to £40
million or US $74 million in 2006.
Thirteen of the Gang were arrested
after Police found fingerprints at
Leatherslade Farm in Buckinghamshire,
where they had been hiding for 2 days
after the robbery. All 13 were
Imprisoned, Reynolds and Edwards were
the only two that evaded capture.
Ronnie Biggs escaped from Prison
after 15 months, moving to Melbourne in
Australia, then Rio de Janeiro in
Brazil in 1970.
Charlie Wilson also escaped and
moved to Rigaud Mountain, outside
Montreal in Canada. After his wife
phoned his parents in England, the
Police tracked him down in 1968.
Bruce Reynolds was captured in 1968,
released from Prison in 1978, died in
Buster Edwards handed himself in to
Police in 1966 after running out of
money while living in Mexico. He was
released from Prison in 1975, died in
London in 1994.
Charlie Wilson was released from
Prison in 1978, died in Spain in 1990
after being Shot by a Hit-Man.
Ronnie Biggs gave himself up in 2001
after 36 years on the run. Biggs was
released from Belmarsh Prison London in
2009, died in London in December 2013,
About £400,000 was all that was
recovered by Police.
Banco Central / Brazil (2005),
US $69.8 million.
On the 6th of August and 7th August
2005, on a weekend, a Gang dug a Tunnel
into the Banco Central in Fortaleza
City, northeast Brazil. They made off
with five containers of notes,
estimated at 164,755,150 reais or US
$69.8 million, £38.6 million.
Five men were arrested on the 28th
September with about $5.4 million of
the Money. These men informed the
Police they had helped dig the
On the 20th of October, the Body of
Luis Fernando Ribeiro, aged 26, was
found on a quiet road near Camanducaia,
200 miles west of Rio de Janeiro. He
had been Shot seven times, with Police
believing he was the Mastermind behind
the Robbery. Police have claimed to
have recovered about $7 million, $63
million may never be recovered.
Northern Bank / Belfast /
Northern Ireland (2004), US $50
The Northern Bank Robbery took place
on the 20th December 2004. The Gang
took £26.5 million, one of the largest
Bank Robberies in British history.
Armed masked men took Northern Bank
executives and their families hostage,
then forced the executives to help
carry out the Robbery by threatening to
shoot their families.
The British and Irish Governments,
claimed the Provisional IRA was
responsible, a claim the Provisional
IRA, and the Sinn Fein political party,
denied. A number of people throughout
Northern and Southern Ireland, many
with links to the IRA, were arrested
after being caught with some of the
About £2 Million has been recovered.
None of the actual Robbers have been
caught, and seems there are no actual
Warehouse / England (1983), US
The Brinks Mat Robbery was carried
out on the 26th November 1983, after
six men broke into the Brinks Mat
Warehouse at Heathrow Airport, London,
The Robbers beleived there was £3
million in Cash, but found ten tonnes
of Gold Bullion, worth around £26
million. The Gang entered the Warehouse
with the help of a Security Guard named
Anthony Black, brother-in-law of the
mastermind of the robbery, Brian
The Gang were caught after Police
interrogated the Security Guard, and
gained a full confession to all
involved. The men were tried at the Old
Bailey in London, where Robinson and
the gang leader Michael McAvoy, were
sentenced to 25 years each for Armed
Robbery. The Security Guard was
sentenced to six years.
In 1986, Kenneth Noye, the
businessman used to recast and sell the
Gold, was found guilty of conspiracy to
handle the Gold, fined £700,000, and
sentenced to 14 years in Prison. Little
of the Gold was recovered. People
involved in the raid, claim anyone
wearing Gold Jewellery bought in the UK
after 1983, are probably wearing Brinks
Armored / USA (1997), US $18.9
The Dunbar Armored Robbery is the
largest Cash Robbery in the United
States, carried out on the 13th
September 1997, at the Dunbar Armored
Facility in Los Angeles,
The Robbery was planned by Allen
Pace, a regional safety inspector for
Dunbar. He was helped by Five Friends,
and used his Keys to enter the
Warehouse. The Police soon realized it
was an inside job, but investigations
into Pace failed to incover any
The breakthrough came after one of
the gang, Eugene Lamar Hill, payed
someone a large amount of cash, still
with the original cash straps on it.
That person contacted the Police and
Hill was arrested. Hill soon named his
associates, with Allen Pace being
convicted and sentenced to 24 years in
Only some of the Money was
recovered, it is beleived around $10
million is still missing.
New York / USA (1978), US $5.8.
The Lufthansa Heist was planned by
the well known criminal Jimmy Burke, an
associate of the Lucchese crime family.
About $5 million in cash and $875,000
in jewels were taken.
The Robbery came about after a
Bookmaker, Martin Krugman, told a
friend of of Jimmy Burke, there was
millions of dollars in untraceable
money flown in once a month to Kennedy
Airport in New York. This money was
exchanged by Servicemen and Tourists in
West Germany, then returned to the
On the 11th December 1978, at 3.12
a.m. the Gang captured two Security
Guards and a number of Workers, forcing
them to help with the Robbery. There
were a series of Gangland Murders in
the following years, over the stolen
money, and trying to silence potential
Although Burke was suspected of
being involved in over 50 murders, he
was only convicted of murdering a
hustler named Richard Eaton in
Burke died in Wende Correctional
Facility in Alden, New York, on the
13th April 1996, aged 64, due to lung
cancer. Little of the money has been
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