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41,966.  What is robbing a bank compared with founding a bank?  (Banksters & Robbery & Heists)  Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera

 

 

9,952.  Argentina was ruled by a ruthless military junta.  When the biggest art theft in the nation’s history occurred.  Impressionist paintings by some of France’s most famous artists were stolen.  For more than twenty years the paintings ... vanished.  The hunt for the paintings covered three countries, and was finally resolved in a courtroom in Paris.  (Art & Paintings & Argentina & Gangs: Argentina & Heists)  Art of the Heist: The Disappeared

 

 

19,883.  In September 2005 Alexander Lindgren, Baha Kadhum and Dieya Kadhum were arrested in a police sting operation to recover a stolen painting.  All three have since had their convictions overturned by Sweden’s Supreme Court.  (Gangstas: Sweden & Sweden & Museum & Art & Robbery & Heists: Sweden & Heists)  Art of the Heist s1e6: The Big Sting, opening text

 

19,884.  On December 22nd 2000 three of the world’s greatest art treasures were stolen from the National Museum in Stockholm.  Together the Rembrandt and two Renoir paintings were valued at $50,000,000.  (Gangstas: Sweden & Sweden & Museum & Art & Robbery & Heists: Sweden & Heists)  ibid.

 

19,885.  At five minutes to five, just as the museum is closing, three thieves armed with a sub-machine gun and two pistols burst into the gallery.  They force the museum’s security staff and the remaining terrified visitors to the floor.  (Gangstas: Sweden & Sweden & Museum & Art & Robbery & Heists: Sweden & Heists)  ibid.

 

19,886.  They have been in the gallery less than a minute.  (Gangstas: Sweden & Sweden & Museum & Art & Robbery & Heists: Sweden & Heists)  ibid.

 

19,887.  They make for the jetty and their awaiting boat.  (Gangstas: Sweden & Sweden & Museum & Art & Robbery & Heists: Sweden & Heists)  ibid.

 

19,888.  Two car fires occurred near the museum at the same time as the robbery.  (Gangstas: Sweden & Sweden & Museum & Art & Robbery & Heists: Sweden & Heists)  ibid.

 

19,889.  The first thief into the museum actually bothered to buy an entrance ticket.  (Gangstas: Sweden & Sweden & Museum & Art & Robbery & Heists: Sweden & Heists)  ibid.

 

19,890.  Security protecting these masterpieces was virtually non-existent.  (Gangstas: Sweden & Sweden & Museum & Art & Robbery & Heists: Sweden & Heists)  ibid.

 

19,891.  A little more than a week after the robbery police knew the identity of key members of the gang.  (Gangstas: Sweden & Sweden & Museum & Art & Robbery & Heists: Sweden & Heists)  ibid.

 

19,892.  They traced calls made to the boat seller to a second phone.  (Gangstas: Sweden & Sweden & Museum & Art & Robbery & Heists: Sweden  Heists)  ibid.

 

 

19,515.  The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is one of the most famous and powerful images in art history.  In the past twelve years it’s been the target of thieves not once but twice.  (Gangstas: Norway & Art: Munch & Art & Robbery & Heist: Norway & Heists)  Art of the Heist: The Search For the Scream

 

19,516.  One version stolen in 1994 was recovered.  But a decade later another Scream vanished when thieves walked into the Munch Museum in Oslo and ripped it from the walls along with a second masterpiece The Madonna.  (Gangstas: Norway & Art: Munch & Art & Robbery & Heist: Norway)  ibid.

 

19,517.  August 22 2004 ... Two men got out and ran towards the entrance of the museum ... They brutally snatched them from the walls.  (Gangstas: Norway & Art: Munch & Art & Robbery & Heist: Norway)  ibid.

 

 

10,423.  In December 1913 a man arrived with a trunk in Florence after a sixteen-hour train journey from Paris.  He checked into a run-down hotel, and the next day he was visited by two of Italy’s greatest experts in art.  The man had something to give them: the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.  The Mona Lisa had been taken from the Louvre two years earlier in one of the coolest and most brazen art robberies ever.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artist & Museum & Heists: France & Heists)  Art of the Heist s2e3: The Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa

 

10,424.  It had simply just vanished ... A humble Italian carpenter had outwitted the whole of the French art establishment ... It was more than twenty-four hours before anyone even realised the Mona Lisa was missing.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artist & Museum & Heists: France & Heists)  ibid.

 

10,425.  Luck and police incompetence favoured [Vincenzo] Peruggia.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artist & Museum & Heists: France & Heists)  ibid.

 

10,426.  Two names came up, names familiar in the world of art and letters.  One was a poet.  The other a young Spanish artist who was already showing promise: Pablo Picasso.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artist: Leonardo & Artists: Picasso & Museum & Heists: France & Heists)  ibid.

 

10,427.  Peruggia treated the Mona Lisa with respect.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artists & Museum & Heists: France & Heists)  ibid.

 

10,428.  He told the court his motive for the theft was national pride.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artists & Museum & Heists: France & Heists)  ibid.

 

10,429.  For a long time he had slept with the Mona Lisa by his bed.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artists & Museum & Heists: France & Heists)  ibid.

 

10,430.  Its fascination has always been her expression: the Mona Lisa smile.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artists & Museum & Heists: France & Heists)  ibid.

 

10,431.  The Louvre was shut indefinitely.  But still had to face the public outcry.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artists & Museum & France & Heists)  ibid.

 

10,432.  The authorities clung to the faint hope that the theft was a publicity stunt.  There were plenty of other theories.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artists & Museum & Heists: France & Heists)  ibid.

 

10,433.  A thumbprint from the thief.  Finger-printing was a relatively new science.  (Art & Theft & Robbery & Artists & Museum & Heists: France & Heists)  ibid.

 

 

22,879.  I’m going to have it.  (GBH Films & Heists)  Topkapi 1964 starring Peter Ustinov & Melina Mercouri & Maximilian Schell & Robert Morey & Jess Hahn & Akim Tamiroff & Gilles Segal & Titos Vandis & Joe Dassin et al, director Jules Dassin

 

22,880.  1) Play meticulously  2) Execute cleanly  3) Don’t get caught before, during or afterwards.  (GBH Films & Heists)  ibid.  partner  

 

 

23,843.  I got a plan to knock off twenty million bucks from Lufthansa.  (GBH Films & Robbery & Heists)  The Last Drop 2005 starring Billy Zane & Laurence Fox & Louis Dempsey & Lucy Gaskell & Coral Beed & Andrew Howard & Jack Dee & David Ginola & Neil Newbon & Tommy Flanagan et al, director Colin Teague, insider

 

 

22,669.  The plan is perfect.  Given the right conditions.  (GBH Films & Heists)  A Prize of Arms 1962 starring Stanley Baker & Helmut Schmid & Tom Bell & Patrick Magee & John Phillips & John Westbrook & Jack May & Frank Gatliff & Michael Ripper & Tom Adams et al, director Cliff Owen, Baker

 

 

119,956.  It was the bank that couldn’t be robbed, the vault that couldn’t be opened, the security system that couldn’t be hacked.  Until they came on to the scene: a crack team assembled by a mastermind, each one a specialist in the field, a master of their chosen art.  (Film & Robbery & Heists & Heists: UK & Heists: US)  Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema II: The Heist

 

119,957.  Getting away with it was only half the job; keeping it together was something else.  (Film & Robbery & Heists & Heists: UK & Heists: US)  ibid.

 

119,958.  The Asphalt Jungle … Dead Presidents … The League of Gentlemen … Ocean’s Eleven … Rififi … Reservoir Dogs … Sexy Beast … Quick Change … Double Indemnity … Bound … Angel Face … Set It Off … Ocean’s Eight … The Italian Job … Inception … That Sinking Feeling … The Big Short … The Wolf of Wall Street … Point Break … Heat … Infernal Affairs … Mission Impossible … The Wrong Trousers … Entrapment … The Great Train Robbery … The Killing … Baby Driver … Good Time … Dog Day Afternoon … The Driver … The French Connection … Night Moves …  (Film & Robbery & Heists & Heists: UK & Heists: US)  ibid.   

 

 

19,629.  This is the story of the world’s most successful diamond thieves.  (Heists & Robbery & Diamond)  Storyville: Smash and Grab  The Story of the Pink Panthers

 

19,630.  ‘Big and exclusive heists, mostly in Europe ... Bahrain, they went to Japan, they went to Dubai.’  (Heists & Robbery & Diamond)  ibid.  female rozzer

 

19,631.  ‘And then finally we had the idea – just hire the shop next door.’  (Heists & Robbery & Diamond)  ibid.  male gangsta

 

19,632.  ‘They have committed over 100 robberies around the world and so far eluded capture.’  (Heist & Robbery & Diamond)  ibid.  news report

 

19,633.  The total brought to justice is now 189.  (Heists & Robbery & Diamond)  ibid.  caption