50 million worth of diamonds stolen

Made in Hollywood?

Made in Hollywood?

A “Real” Italian Job

Scenario:  50 million dollars worth of diamonds are being loaded onto a Swissair plane Monday evening.  The plane is in the boarding process.  Two vehicles drive through a hole in the airport perimeter fence created by the men who are in a car with police style flashing lights and a van.  They stop at the aircraft, pull guns, and go directly for the diamonds.  They return to their vehicles and drive back the same way they came in.  The entire process took three minutes.

Sounds like a plot for a movie, but it wasn’t.  It was a carefully planned and choreographed heist at the Brussels Airport.

The only “evidence” police have discovered is a burned up van.  The believe it was set on fire to destroy fingerprints and other trace evidence.

Monday’s theft of some $50 million worth of diamonds from the tarmac of Brussels’ international airport is a “huge blip on the radar,” said retired FBI agent Bill Rehder, who spent more than three decades on Los Angeles’ bank robbery squad.

“You can almost liken it to the meteor that hit in Russia,” he said, referring to the space rock which exploded last week over the city of Chelyabinsk, injuring hundreds. “These things happen so infrequently, but when they do happen it’s a huge story.”

“This will catch the imagination of the public, no doubt about it,” Rehder said, explaining that the use of bogus police vehicles to rob a plane right as it prepared to take off fit right in with the mystique of 1960s heist movies, released long before many of today’s online criminals were born.

A representative for the diamond industry said that the thieves are likely to receive no more than 20% of the gems’ value.  Let’s see, that’s about 10 million dollars for 3 minutes “work”.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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