Below is a list of the Largest and Most Famous
Bank Robberies compared in US Dollars.
Central Bank of Iraq
(2003), US $1 billion i.e. $1,000 million.
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 history.
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
Hatton 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
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.
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
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
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.
Kent Securitas 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
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 million.
Great Train Robbery / England (1963), US $74
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 March 2013.
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
Charlie Wilson was released from Prison in 1978,
died in Spain in 1990 after being Shot by a
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, aged 84.
About £400,000 was all that was recovered by
Banco Central / Brazil (2005), US $69.8
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
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 Tunnel.
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 million.
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
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 suspects.
Brinks Mat Warehouse /
England (1983), US $45 million.
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,
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
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 Mat.
Dunbar Armored / USA
(1997), US $18.9 million.
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
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 Jail.
Only some of the Money was recovered, it is
beleived around $10 million is still missing.
Lufthansa / 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 US.
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
Although Burke was suspected of being involved in
over 50 murders, he was only convicted of murdering a
hustler named Richard Eaton in 1985.
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