The Biggest Heists in History

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Ever spent a lazy day dreaming over the perfect crime? If movies and TV have taught us nothing, there is no such thing as the perfect crime and the bad guys always lose. However, this infographic may prove otherwise.

For the most part, the bigger the crime, the bigger the reward or punishment will be. Big crimes make for fascinating reading, and the people who get away with it might surprise you.

So, what would you do for 18.9 million dollars? For a gang of thieves in 1997, it involved a cash robbery from the Dunbar Armored facility in Los Angeles, California.

They might have gotten away with it if one of the gang’s less brilliant members had not tried to use money that was actually wrapped with the facility’s paper cash straps. The gang’s ringleader, Allen Pace, got 24 years in prison.

Unfortunately for this gang, it seems that no amount of planning was going to negate the stupidity of one member who just could not help but to show off. The world’s largest bank robbery, on the other hand, netted a cool $1 billion, and it was taken from the Central Bank of Iraq.

What might startle people is that the bank robber in question was none other than the dictator Saddam Hussein, and he did it with the backing of armed guards. Hussein was convicted of crimes of humanity and hung by the Iraqi Interim Government.

Of course, sometimes people do get away with crime, as was the case of an impressive art theft from the Garner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Two thieves made off with thirteen works of art, an estimated $300 million value, including pictures by Degas and Vermeer.

The art is still missing and authorities have offered a $5 million dollar reward for information leading to the capture of these thieves. This art theft remains one of the most bold and pricey in the history of the world.

This infographic proves that crime is full of freaky twists and turns. You never know who is going to end up getting away and who is going to end up with a whopping life sentence.

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