- $900 million in U.S. bills and as much as $100 million worth of euros Iraq Central Bank, Iraq, March 2003. The thefts took place at the beginning of the U.S. invasion and were blamed on members of Saddam Hussein's family.
- $92 million Security company cash center at Tonbridge in Kent county, southern England. The Bank of England said Feb. 22, 2006, the robbery had occurred overnight.
- $70 million Central Bank in Fortaleza, Brazil. Theft occurred sometime during weekend of Aug. 6-8, 2005.
- $65 million Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Center, London, July 12, 1987.
- $50 million Northern Bank, Belfast, Ireland; Dec. 20, 2004. Widely blamed on the Irish Republican Army.
- $37.5 million in gold Brinks Mat Ltd., Heathrow Airport, London, Nov. 25, 1983.
- $30 million Bank of France, Toulon, France, Dec. 16, 1992.
- $21.8 million Brink's Securmark, Rome, March 24, 1984.
- $20 million to $50 million British Bank of Middle East, Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 22, 1976. The theft took place during the Lebanese civil war and was widely blamed on PLO factions.
- $15 million in certificates of deposit Bank of Sepah-Iran, London, January 1983.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Another top ten list Lebanon can be proud of
The Associated Press has released a top ten list of the most "lucrative" bank roberies in history. Yup, you guessed it, Lebanon has its place secured in this ominous list... Just scroll down and check it out! On another note, notice how four of these heists took place in England, and that even the Beirut heist was at the British Bank??? hmmm...