Most Famous Robberies in History

Anything lesser is instantly rejected. But to date, no one has been successfully caught for the heist. The robbers dressed up as police and gained entry to the museum on St. Blood made the offer of having his cousin marry one of Edwards’ daughters, promising her quite a decent income by virtue of marriage and thereby gaining complete trust of the Edwardses.

We’ve seen the playboys and the determined. The police believe that about 15 people were involved in this robbery. The police called for the bomb squad 30 minutes after the first 9-1-1 call was made. There, they gained the friendship of Talbot Edwards, the Master of the Jewel House. Vicars on the other hand, denied all claims of the theft and openly blamed Francis Shackleton, his second in command. They quickly formed a human chain from the train to the van, and transferred all the sacks and boxes there.

The FBI could only track them down to Denver, which happened to be just a pit stop. The paintings by Van Gogh, Czanne, Degas, and Monet, have been valued at a total of US$162 million.

One of the biggest quandaries of art theft is that regular connoisseurs don’t buy stolen art. Meanwhile, the team of crooks included skilled excavators, mathematicians, and drivers to get the real job done. They simply left too many clues that the cops just ate up. By the time he committed this particular crime, he was already wanted for quite a few others, as well as acts of rebellious discontent.

Blood and a female accomplice posing to be his wife entered the Tower of London under the pretext of viewing the Crown Jewels. It didn’t cover his debt completely, and surely not his desire to live lavishly. When they were shown to the vault, the two pulled out their guns on the unsuspecting employees, the manager, and the guards. By the time they got there, it was too late. He was caught when he tried to sell the chips online.

Bank/storage Robberies

Colonel Thomas Blood (1671)

Before Howard Carter discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, the tomb had already been broken into twice. Nevertheless, this was one of the weirdest robberies in history, with some who still believe that there are mountains of sacks filled with gold hidden somewhere in Germany, that belonged to the Reichsbank.

Blood was a devious man. One guy takes him away, while the others stay with the rest of the family till the robbery is completed. 299 of those bonds have since been recovered, thanks to informants.

One of the weirdest true incidents of robbery comes from a pizza delivery guy called Brian Wells. They say it’s just for fun, but it’s anything but that for the authorities.

Thieves mostly fail, but some that succeed can continue to live on as legends. He hailed the works of painters of Germanic descent and the classics of the Old Masters, while derogated and even ordered to remove or destroy a lot of Modern art, or even art that he didn’t like.

He ordered the formation of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), which was controlled by Hermann Gring. They traveled to Bridego Bridge, under which they kept a van. And when it comes to stealing, some of the most common motivations include the need for money, the need for more money, the desire of an object, or just plain old exhilaration. A movie (Fool’s Gold, 1992) and a documentary were made about the robbery.

The Reichsbank Robbery

The most famous art theft has to be of the most famous painting in the world: the Mona Lisa. State-of-the-art security, the best guards from the best private sector security firms in the world, the works. The son gained entry to the house, while Talbot Edwards managed to free himself and scream for help with all his strength.

Anthony Carleo walks in to the Bellagio one day and demands the operators of the craps pit to come up with all the chips they have. Both were held for questioning but were later exonerated.

Nazi Looting During WW II (1933 to the end of WW II)

The Regalia of the Order of Saint Patrick was one of Ireland’s most prized possessions. The robbers then uncoupled the engine and the first two carriages from the rest of the train. The guard Black, his brother-in-law Brian Robinson, and a Micky McAvoy, were all caught and jailed. 2.6 million was stolen from the traveling Post Office train that night, which is more than 40 million by today’s standards. They carried the cages full of cash to their truck and ran off. The suspect, Patrick Thomas, was found dead of a gunshot. Fingers were pointed, and one of those was straight at French poet Guillaume Apollinaire and his Spanish painter friend, Pablo Picasso. Qusay gave them a hand-written note from Saddam, that asked for the withdrawal of $920 million. He oversaw the entire transfer, which was boxes of US$100 notes put into vans.

Central Bank of Iraq (2003), US$1 billion

Blood had Edwards arrange a grand dinner party for him and his ‘cousin’ (another accomplice) along with some other ‘family members’ (more thieves). Upon gaining entry to the vaults, they were surprised to find all the gold, and decided to steal it along with the money.

Perhaps a story of box-office movie caliber, the life of Valerio Viccei was nothing short of excessive adrenalin-racing. His body was exhumed just to confirm that he had died, and not pulled a trick to escape his recently acquired debts to the Duke of Buckingham.

Gardner Museum (1990), US$500 million

Viccei could possibly have gone scott-free, if it wasn’t for a fingerprint in blood that he left when he got nicked while trying to open a box. Apart from speculations, not much is known about this heist, mostly because of minimal media coverage.

Banco Central, Fortaleza (2005), US$71 million

The Mona Lisa was not to be seen for another two years, when the real thief tried to sell the painting to the Uffizi Gallery out of desperation. One of the reasons they took 52 million was because the truck couldn’t carry any more; it was full.

So old James gets into a bank with nothing but a note that says, “This is a bank robbery. The two bankers withdraw 1 million, put it in a bag and hand it over to one of the criminals. An argument is that most of the gold was stolen by Germany from other countries anyway, so they really can’t claim anything. Despite that, it took Howard and his team eight years to document and carefully remove the remaining contents of the tomb, then transporting it to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels (1907)

The ERR has recorded to claim more than 21,000 artwork, most of which was kept in Museum Jeu de Paume in Paris. He found most of it when he stole things. No one has been able to prove this; all incriminating evidence points to Notarbartolo and four others. And then some are just bat-crap crazy.

Circus Circus (1993), US$3 million

Two accomplices were arrested and sentenced to prison. Most of the gold has not been recovered, and it is speculated that almost all of it was melted off and put into consumer circulation. Well it doesn’t get more of an inside job than this! Apparently the crooks had connections with the militia in Baghdad, because they could make a clean getaway without any patrol stopping or checking them. When they entered, they subdued the employees and the other guards by pouring petrol over them and threatening to set them on fire if they did not comply. They planned to strike on August 6, the day they knew the bank would be closed. It’s one of those plots that just keeps getting thicker and thicker the deeper you get. The painting was in quite a vulnerable place (for better public viewing) and was thus stolen. They put a message out on the front door saying that the vault was closed, while letting in more accomplices who were waiting outside. William was a sports book cashier at the hotel. He wore a full black attire with a black helmet. So Verone did the thing that – according to his self-proclaimed ‘logical mind’ – he should have done – rob a bank.

The scene turns out to be much, much shadier as the cops probe further. One of them hit Mills on the head with a cosh, knocking him unconscious. The robbers intended to steal 3 million cash, but changed their mind when they saw the three tons of gold bullion. Vicars was still blamed for failing to act promptly when he received the message that the regalia was missing from its safe.. More than 20 criminals have been suspected, with only 8 of them arrested. By the standard of that time, that money was almost equal to an entire year’s worth of tax collection for the entire Kingdom of England! This is how he did it:

This was a bank heist with supposed links to Irish political parties, namely the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). The underground art dealing world has been valued at billions of dollars annually, but the deals have to be carried out with the tightest of lips and the most firm of handshakes. This included the Central Bank of Iraq. They forced open the metal grille that protected the Jewels. He notified the security who later concluded that the painting was indeed stolen. Five others have also been arrested, with a few more still on the loose.

We’ve always admired human determination and ingenuity, even when it was used for all the wrong things. He won’t get to spend much time in prison, so he probably won’t get the full medical attention that he wanted.

London City Bonds Robbery (1990), 292 million

They opened as many safe deposit boxes as they could, gathering valuables worth around 60 million. They were so meticulous that when the cops first inspected their house, it was covered in burnt lime to destroy any evidence like fingerprints and DNA.

King Tut Tomb Robberies

The big one came after closing time, for which the two captives were told to stay back at the bank. The first two carriages had only a supervisor and a couple of unarmed employees, while the security was left in the carriages that they had uncoupled.

The authorities received a note in 1931, demanding ransom for the return of the regalia. On that day, they broke in through the floor, and took whatever they could before anyone could find out and raise an alarm. Sometimes they involve robbing their own king’s most valuable treasures.

Richard of Pudlicott was a commoner and a wool merchant by profession. When he realized that the Coalition forces were about to bomb Iraq, he ordered his son, Qusay, to go to the bank. The thieves stole a staggering US$500 million worth of art, which has never been found. They got away with a total of R$164 million (US$71 million at 2005 exchange rate). Twelve years after the incident (September 2005), Heather appears out of nowhere and turns herself in. He claimed to be made the scapegoat by high-ranking officials. He later claimed a patriotic cause, stating that the painting belonged to Italy, and was hailed for his act. She agreed, but didn’t comply. And even if you want to get across all of this, you’re still to start out with a lock system with 100 million possible combinations. But the detailing in the plan can be denied by no one.

Bank employee Chris Ward gets some uninvited ‘guests’ over, who force their way in and tie up him and his family. Their primary aim was to destroy any and all Jewish art and books. Blood was arrested, but he refused to speak to anyone except the King.

You know, with all the other robberies that you’ve read about above, you’ll quickly figure out how exasperatingly simple this one was. It was later concluded that the mastermind of the entire plot was Lee Murray, a reputed mixed martial artist, who was then sentenced to 10 years in prison. Edwards was new to the job, and was possibly taken by Blood’s deceitful charm. The basic story is something like this:

On August 28, 2003, Brian Wells was sent to deliver pizza. No concrete proof against any individual, let alone the IRA itself, has been found to date. He therefore dared to steal from the inner crypt of the treasury. The theft marks the loss of some of the most iconic artworks ever made, including those of names like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet, and Degas.

The Scream (1994 and 2004)

Everyone has their own reason to act. Which is one of the reasons why all the four paintings have been recovered by 2012 with little to no damage.

Very little details about this robbery are known, although speculations arrive at a robbery of 2.9 billion. Please only give me one dollar.” He then took the dollar and told the cashier that he will sit in a chair next to him and wait for the cops to arrive.

Thomas Blood, or Colonel Blood as he liked to call himself, was a devious man. It’s not certain exactly who robbed it, or how many robbed it, or where the gold went. The main vault of the Diamond Center is located two floors below the ground. He claimed that he was the only one involved in the crime and took the full ‘credit’ for the act himself.

Securitas Depot (2006), 52 million

All of this was not covered by the media during the War, but got more and more importance after it. The incident took place on February 21, 2006, at Kent in South East England.

First, they kidnapped the manager of the depot, Colin Dixon. With everything ranging from movies to media coverage or rumors to political cover-ups, our view of crime becomes a bit skewed. But every once in a while, we come across this rare act that, in its core is bad, but we can only be flat-out impressed about the way it was done. The group was led by Bruce Reynolds, who fled to Mexico with his wife and son. Wells kept telling the bank employees as well as the police about the bomb around his neck. But one accomplice switched the fake with a real bomb, supposedly as a means to kill Wells so he wouldn’t blow the whistle on them.

The train was stopped at the Sears Crossing, which the robbers realized was too steep to operate the theft on. With a host of medical issues like Carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and a growth on his chest, Verone was an ailing 59-year-old with zero cash to treat himself. But by that time, the masked robbers were already making their way into the engine. And even if they kept everything clean, there were very few ways they could have laundered the money. He went broke and ended up owing a lot of money to people (mostly the crown itself) who wanted it back. What the thief didn’t know was that the briefcase was full of bonds; bearer bonds. They successfully ran off with the haul, as it took about an hour for anyone (outside the deposit) to figure out what had happened.

The repercussions of the robbery were quite serious. The Viceregal Commission which was looking into the matter, blamed Vicars for the theft. They gave him specific instructions about robbing a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Collar-bomb Robbery (2003), US$8,700

It has been said that anyone who wore gold after 1983, was probably wearing Brink’s-MAT gold.

The police managed to get back 19.7 million by March 2006. One creepy speculation was that a lot of those people were not really crooks, just kidnapped people who were made to work for the real crooks. She simply drove off with all the money straight to Solis.

Stardust (1992), US$500,000

The second time was in August 2004 when masked gunmen stole The Scream along with Munch’s other painting, Madonna. They quietly let the robbers in, who made off with more than 25 million.

He was made to demand US$250,000, but the cashier gave him far less. The two bank employees are then given specific instructions and made to go to work the next day as if everything was fine.

The robbery of Banco Central in Fortaleza, Brazil, has to be one of the most deviously orchestrated heists in history. By the time the police confirmed that the print belonged to Viccei, he had left for Latin America. An estimate of at least 100,000 works of art have gone missing or not been returned to their rightful owners.

One of the quietest robberies in any casino’s history, suspected crook William John Brennan simply walked off with $500,000 worth of cash and chips from the Stardust Hotel and Casino. That’s more than 500 million by today’s standards.

John Goddard was walking on a London street with his briefcase, when out of nowhere, a mugger took it from Goddard at knifepoint. Which is exactly what he did. That’s exactly what happened, when three guards at the Dar Es Salaam bank ran away with US$300 million. They are often charming, exceptionally smart, and even good-looking; sometimes coming very close to their movie and TV counterparts. The reasons as to why the King did this are not really clear, and is a mystery. The outer door and its seal was open, and Howard found the insides in complete disarray. All it was, was a president and his son, and a piece of paper.

Saddam Hussein was the President of Iraq at the time, and had complete control over the state activities and assets. He lived the rest of his life as a legend and died in 1680. Blood then frequented the Tower to meet his ‘new friend’ Edwards, who started inviting him to his house for dinner. Bhrle Art Museum (2008), US$162 million

Antwerp Diamond Center (2003), US$100 million

Dar Es Salaam Bank (2007), US$300 million

The Biggest Bank Robbery Ever

Hotel/casino Robberies

One-dollar Robbery (2011)

The thieves made a run for it, but were caught after a horse chase. It would even have worked if it wasn’t for one minor glitch; Verone didn’t have a gun.

Knightsbridge Security Deposit (1987), 60 million

One of the biggest gold bullion robberies in history happened at Brink’s-MAT warehouse, London. Indeed, born in 1955, he came to London for the high life, after being wanted in his home, Italy, for 50 instances of armed robberies. Hitler, Goebbels, and Gring frequently visited the museums.

One-of-a-kind Robberies

It is incredibly frustrating when you have people that rob you after you’ve placed all your trust in them. One such crook was Roberto Solis, the mastermind behind the movie-like Circus Circus theft of ATM cash in 1993.

Solis had just gotten out of prison for a robbery attempt, in which he shot and killed a security guard. And that was the number in 1984. After his ‘talk’ with the King, he was not only pardoned, but was given a land in Ireland and 500 a year. The room is covered by Doppler sensors, magnetic fields, seismic sensors, IR heat detectors, and probably even more stuff that they haven’t told us. They supported claims of Wells’ involvement.

Two major things got in the crooks’ way: one was their lack of planning of what to do after they robbed the place, and the other was the Proceeds of Crime Act. The bank had already called for the cops, who got there by the time Wells was out of the bank. According to their statement, the thieves had planned to put a fake bomb on his neck, just to provide enough room for him to escape. He had concluded that more than 60% of the valuables had already been removed from the tomb. People who have nothing to lose (and maybe a little on the kooky side) often come up with the most ingenious things. When he got to the place, three men attacked him, subdued him, and put a metal collar around his neck. Between dinner preparations, Blood convinced Edwards to show his guests the Crown Jewels. The hemp grew quite fast, helping to not only cover the wall, but also lay thick on the ground for him to hide the loot in, while he went back in for more. So when they went missing, all of Ireland was in an uproar.

Arthur Vicars, the Officer of Arms at the Dublin Castle, was the first suspect in the case embroiled in mystery and confusion. But it should be noted that because of little or no media coverage or even official documentation, the numbers are all basically gross estimates.

The German Reichsbank held most of the Nazi gold and treasures during World War II. One of his biggest qualms against art came when he was rejected by the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts as a kid. They captured and handcuffed him. But he did come back later, which the police found out and made sure they got him.

The idea of the robbery was put forth to the group by an unknown individual who went by the name (or possibly alias) Ulsterman. Then they kidnapped his wife and kids. She was working as a driver for the Loomis Armored Car Company. A lot of people were arrested, but had to be let go for lack of evidence.

Brink’s-MAT Warehouse (1983), 26 million

But the crooks did it. The bomb had exploded, leaving a giant gash in Wells’ chest. The investigation went cold later, although efforts were still made even into the 1980s.

Sinn Fin is the other political party accused for the heist. He apparently seduced the young Heather Tallchief, who did all the work. Even though half the criminals have been nabbed, the other half, as well as a large sum of money still bathes in mystery.

The Great Train Robbery (1963), 2.6 million

E.G. Although they vehemently denied any connections, the media and Government officials still blamed them, claiming that a robbery of such high scale could only be carried out by them. He is currently out on parole, while the whereabouts of the gems is still a mystery.

The first haul is what the cops called the trial run. Most of the money has not been recovered because they were unmarked bills.

The train’s driver Jack Mills was prompted to stop at 3 AM by an odd red light. Chris is taken to the home of his superior, Kevin McMullan, who was also bound by the other crooks. Viccei would reiterate that he was not in it for the money, he just liked the rush of doing it, claiming that it was even better than sex.

Viccei’s crowning moment was at the Knightsbridge Deposit in the City of Westminster. So love it or hate it, human greed, ambition, and adventurism will always attempt to reach new heights.

The plan was foiled by Edwards’ son, who just got home after finishing his military service. 301 bits of paper that belong to anyone who is carrying them.

The theft was first noted by Louis Broud, a painter. It is protected by devices and systems that make the CIA headquarters security fantasy shown in Mission Impossible look like cute little plastic toys. He tried returning to England, at which point he was caught and jailed.

For taking one dollar without a gun, the judge charged Verone with larceny of a person, not robbery. When they entered the Jewel Room, the thieves covered Edwards with a cloak, struck him down, bound and gagged him, then stabbed him to keep him quiet. He solved this problem by sowing hemp seed near the wall. But to get there, he would have to either gain entry through its entrance (and have to face the entire Royal Guard), or somehow go through the wall that protected the loot. Richard took help from the clergy to deal with the guards, then gained entry to the treasury room and made off with about 100,000 pounds. The gang of robbers proceeded to the depot, armed with shotguns, handguns, a submachine gun (korpion), and AK-47s, forced their way in and bound and gagged the employees inside. They started digging a hole from their house to the bank’s floor. The painting bore no damage in its two years of disappearance, during which time the Mona Lisa stayed with Peruggia at his apartment.

Robbing from Royalty

When the King heard of this, he ordered the crown officials to search for the valuables. Their final haul was worth 26 million.

The robbers could get in with the help of a security guard, who was the brother-in-law of one of the thieves. The thieves demanded a ransom of US$1 million, which the museum refused, while aiding a police sting operation to successfully recover the painting.

You can’t have Vegas without the dapper crooks and the gold-digging beauties. She had long left Solis’ company after becoming pregnant with his child, and wanted to support his life.

Verone thought this was a good idea, and on paper it may have seemed good to him – rob a bank for a small amount of money so the prison term won’t be too long, then go to jail and get medical attention paid for by the Government. He was calm, collected, charming, and devious. Bhrle Art Museum on February 10, 2008 and ran off with four of the most valuable paintings in the world. When he stopped, he found out that the phone cables have been cut. He died right there.

The figure in the painting looks scared for good reason: it is so popular that thieves can’t keep their grubby hands off it.

The first time the painting was stolen was in 1994, during the Winter Olympics. In a way, it was the painting that made the criminal famous, and it was the theft itself that made the painting even more popular. More than 2-3 billion dollars of trade happens here every year. He simply started drilling a hole in the thirteen-foot wall! This of course he did alone, which required months of hard work through the nights of winter and into early spring. And each of those 301 bonds were worth around 1 million. Of the few plausible explanations as to how the first two walked in with guns, one speculation is that it was an inside job, from as far inside as the people who ran the place.

Cops have recovered only about R$8.9 million. They soon started to find those treasures with prostitutes and even in the fishing-nets on the river Thames! Most of the treasure was recovered, and after about half a dozen people were wrongly hanged and many more arrested and tortured and questioned, they finally caught Richard, who was quite boastful about it. They did it with such precision that no one could even figure out exactly how they broke in, until Notarbartolo was interviewed personally in jail.

Turns out Richard had already stolen from the crown once; a small loot that didn’t last long. But there was still the problem of people seeing the large gash in the castle wall. The Proceeds of Crime Act prompts any bank to flag any cash transfer or deposit beyond a certain amount (usually 10,000). Which means a lot of the crooks are out there, enjoying any weather they want, with all that cash to make it more pleasant.

This is the biggest train robbery in history, which happened on Bridego bridge in Ledburn, England. The police say that this was done just to ensure that nothing stinks for the robbers.

Art Robberies

The theft that happened on March 18, 1990 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is easily the biggest art theft, as well as the biggest theft of property in all of criminal history. Her co-workers took some out to fill an ATM and told her to get the van out in the back of the casino. Patrick’s Day, claiming to have gotten reports of disturbance in the area. Led by Leonardo Notarbartolo, a five-man group infiltrated the vault and got hold of gold, diamonds, and jewelry worth more than US$100 million. She and her crew were supposed to refill the ATMs around the casino in preparation of a busy weekend. Vicars even refused to show up for the trial by the Commission, making matters worse. The collar had a metal box attached to it, which the assailants claimed was a bomb. Another suspect, Keith Cheeseman was jailed for 6 and a half years. Sometimes it can be truly difficult why someone would go through all that effort for things that actually can’t be sold. Here’s how.

They rented out a vacant house two blocks away from the bank three months before the robbery. The paintings were feared burned off, until they were recovered in 2006, with repairable damage.

Called the biggest cash robbery in the U.K., the guys who pulled it off, left with about 52 million of nothing but cold, hard notes. They tricked the guards to step away from their desks and the alarm button, handcuffed, gagged and tied them, then left them in the museum’s basement. To carry this loot out, he either took the help of the clergy which he bribed, or possibly friends of his. The next few years after this, about 6 murders have been connected to the Brink’s-MAT heist somehow. So they had to leave all that cash hidden somewhere. He and an accomplice walked right in, asking about renting out a safe deposit box for themselves. The money has never been recovered, and William is still reported missing.

Bellagio ‘Bike Bandit’ (2010), US$1.5 million

Richard of Pudlicott (1303)

Three robbers forced entry into the E.G. This is one of the biggest reasons why crime is so glorified in movies, because it’s sometimes true in real life as well.

The gem district in Antwerp, Belgium, is the place through which 80% of the world’s rough-cut diamonds go through. He tried doing other jobs, but couldn’t keep them. He had previously robbed the Suncoast Casino, and the cops found plans to rob the Caesars Palace in his hotel room. The truck was filled with more than US$3 million in cash. After he rose to power, he focused on ‘collecting’ as many paintings and other artworks as he could. No guns, no gangs, no killing, no planning, no nothing. He turned against his own king to win favor from King Charles II during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. He was later hanged for his crime.

As the cops probed further, they found reason to believe that Wells was in on the robbery as well. When Germany collapsed, the bank became a sitting duck for anyone who knew about it. All of this, of course, surrounded by an elite security patrol.

Northern Bank (2004), 26.5 million

This is what happens when a man tries to manipulate the system for gains when he is unable to provide for it himself.

James Verone had lost his job as a Coca-Cola delivery man after 17 years of working for them. Now I don’t know which Looney Toon they got this idea from, but in real life, all that dirt and gravel has to go somewhere right? They even had that covered, by posing as a gardening company! They would literally put the dirt into vans and throw it all far away, while the neighbors would think that was all a part of the gardeners’ ‘job’. Carleo left with US$1.5 million worth of chips.

He was arrogant enough to call himself the “Biker Bandit” and the “Cranberry Kid”, because he rode off on a bike, and the US$25,000 cranberry-colored chips that he stole. So it goes without saying that the place is heavily guarded. Blood had to flatten the Crown to hide it under his clothes, and cut down the Sceptre and Orb to make them fit into the small bag.

Hitler’s appetite for destruction knew no bounds. Then, for Hitler’s self-proclaimed artistic taste, the ERR was to “collect” basically anything culturally important that was present in the occupied countries.

The Mona Lisa (1911)

The money broker firm Sheppards got their knots twisted really hard in 1990, when a common mugger managed to loot 292 million from them. He therefore decided to rob the treasury of King Edward I (Edward Longshanks), who was up against the Scottish resistance led by William Wallace (as shown in the movie Braveheart). Viccei was the son of a lawyer and would stop at nothing to fill his life with excitement. At the same time, his physical condition was getting worse. The thief was Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee at the Louvre. Notarbartolo later claimed that he and the other thieves were set up by a diamond dealer who was looking to claim money off an insurance fraud. They gave him a rather ingenious contraption of a sawed-off shotgun that looks like a relatively harmless walking stick

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So what about the guaranteed returns that you can expect on each investment? Well in general arbitrage opportunities will usually return anywhere between 3% and 15% on your investment (this is just a general guide however – arbitrage opportunities that pay 30%, 70% or even over 100% do exist and you will come by them sometimes – just not very often).

Now 3.58% may seem like a small return but remember that it was totally certain, risk free, took only 2 hours to achieve and there was never a possibility of ever losing the money or not getting the profit. It can never be closed down (you’ll see exactly why in a minute) and as the internet grows (believe me, we’ve only seen the very tip of the internet iceberg to now) the opportunities to earn sure, risk-free money from this simple strategy will multiply by hundreds of times. I said earlier that there is nothing else quite like it in the world – that’s because this loophole/internet opportunity (call it what you like) is the only investment technique I have ever seen that makes a guaranteed, risk free profit in a few hours time without any chance of a loss. Use this incredible but simple investment technique to earn money for you everyday for as long as the internet is around, regardless of the economic climate or where you happen to live. You can use this method in the USA, UK, Australia, Asia, Europe…anywhere with an internet connection and PC. Make money from day one with no requirement of any prior knowledge or further reading. Most of these bets take under 5 minutes to place online, and after the sporting event has finished you simply collect your profits and move on to the next arbitrage opportunity.

At 2/5 the total amount to invest in Davenport to return $100 was $71.42. It is the power of the internet that also gives you the chance to use arbitrage every day to make a lot of money with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Did you know that there are now several thousands of online bookmakers all over the world? Everyday, in every country more and more continue to spring up (because lets face it betting is a huge industry with bookmakers keen to take the money of millions of hungry gamblers). You need no knowledge of any sporting events at all – you’re effectively discovering how you can bet on both sides of a sporting event so no matter who wins, you’re guaranteed a definite fixed return on your investment.

Thanks for taking a few minutes to read this letter – you must be quite curious right about now, but I bet very suspicious too. I went with the above example because it is the lowest paying kind of arbitrage opportunity – I wanted to be conservative – but there are numerous arbitrage opportunities paying out 3%, 15%, 20% and more every single day.

You’re going to be applying the concept of arbitrage to the world of online sports betting. This is not gambling. It is not trading. Before continuing let me make one thing absolutely clear – this is in no way a form of betting or gambling. That’s very good news for us and I’ll explain more on this shortly.

Now I’m going to prove it!

Before moving on are you worried that just because “arbitrage” is used by financial institutions that it will be somehow complex, difficult or require mathematical or specialist knowledge of some kind? Well let me tell you that this technique is so outrageously simple that even a 7 year old could understand it and use the one-step technique you’re about to learn to make piles of cash – from day one. Victor Chandler saw Davenport to win at odds of 2/5 while Tote saw Clijsters at 3/1.

This is exactly how arbitrage opportunities are born. It’s not even investing strictly speaking because with all of these things it’s possible that you can make a loss – but with sports arbitrage there is no possible chance of you ever losing – you know the exact profit you are going to make before the sporting event even kicks off. But the best thing is that not only is it 100% legal – but it can never be stopped and the number of opportunities that exist everyday are growing with the internet. You stumble across knowledge such as this perhaps once in a lifetime which, if applied, will give you an excellent daily income for life with minimal effort – this, like arbitrage itself is simply a mathematical certainty. Make no mistake, there are people just like you who are making a huge monthly income (others use it as a nice little stress free, part time earner) from this wonderful little concept. It is NOT betting.


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There is simply nothing else like it in the world – we already know that the arbitrage technique has been used by banks and global traders for centuries – that’s great for them – but what about you?

We’re now getting to the real interesting part. What you will need is a PC and internet connection and of course my powerful package which shows you step by step how to start earning immediately with sports betting arbitrage – and gives you a powerful website which spoon feeds you the best daily arbitrages – in real time. You can also do this from anywhere in the world, right from the comfort of your own home.

As we saw above there are so many opportunities that come up it would be impossible to invest in all of them – the strategy is obviously to cherry pick the highest paying ones every day.

1. A return of 3.58% within under 2 hours (this is a very conservative example). It’s not only so simple that a child could understand, but it’s 100% legitimate and tax free (although please remember tax laws vary from country to country and over time.)

Ray Fearnley

It’s so simple that even a seven year old could understand it. There are literally thousands of these “Profit Loopholes” every single day, each paying between 3% & 90% on your investment - 100% risk free & guaranteed!

During Wimbledon 2001 the ladies singles match between Lindsay Davenport and Kim Clijsters was priced differently by bookies Victor Chandler and Tote. Can you see how this is guaranteed and risk free money? Absolutely anyone, if they knew about this could have made 3.58%, totally risk free on an amount of however much money they wanted to invest.

The fact is this information is priceless and is unheard of by most investors, let alone the general public. Betting is a very risky thing to do – sure a handful of few people may win at it but on the whole most people will always lose in the long term. That’s quite a claim but from the actual proof that you’re going to read below you’ll see why this is no exaggeration – there are literally hundreds of opportunities every single day for you to apply this technique and make as much free cash as you want. Can you think of any other method in the world that offers such a return?

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Sports Betting Arbitrage – Win Every Time You Bet

by: Ray Fearnley

You Are About To Discover How To Get A Risk Free Return Of Between 3% and 90% In Just 2 Hours. The key to the huge and regular arbitrage profits you’re going to be making by tonight is this – “there are huge differences in the opinions of bookmakers over the world, leading to a huge difference in how they price the same sporting event.”

Are you ready now to learn and apply this incredibly simple technique to start earning money every day? Remember that you need no specialist knowledge on anything. Before continuing to read just remember two things. As the number of online bookies has seriously increased over the last couple of years so the number of highly profitable arbitrage opportunities have exploded. Arbitrage is zero risk and guaranteed profits – it is a high paying, very short term (a couple of hours) investment that will ALWAYS result in you walking away with a certain profit.

This article was posted on March 24, 2006

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It could change your life!

I have put together a package so you could actually be enjoying your first profits in just a few hours from now because you’ll actually receive free lifetime access to a website that gives a list of all available arbitrage opportunities everyday, and in realtime! This is a bonus that is almost priceless because it will help you harvest incredible profits every single day – for the rest of your life. First, you need absolutely no knowledge either of investment arbitrage or sporting events to make a certain, 100% guaranteed profit every day with this simple technique. He believes the Internet gives ordinary people the opportunity to make extra-ordinary income working from home. You can even do this from your beach house while sipping on a martini and enjoying the cool sea breeze on your face. . Apply the knowledge of arbitrage to hundreds of sporting events to make money, completely risk free and guaranteed. I mean “free money” is pretty much what we’re talking about right? It’s all a scam isn’t it because we all know there is no such thing? Well actually no – stick around for a few minutes and I’ll prove to you without a shadow of doubt that not only is this ”secret” (actually it’s an investment technique) very genuine, but a lot of individuals are using it to make tens, hundreds and even thousands of dollars/pounds/yen etc…every single day.

It is not betting or investing – it is a mathematical certainty brought about by the internet that you can use to make free money everyday – for the rest of your life. You will literally be able to switch on your PC, visit a website that shows you today’s guaranteed returns, place your guaranteed risk free investment and collect your profits a couple of hours later.

2. I have just shared with you an incredibly powerful formula to tap into a huge stream of wealth whenever you like – every single day. At 3/1 the total amount to invest in Clijsters to return $100 was $25.

But it gets even better you see, because this simple but money generating technique can never be monitored or regulated

Sports Gifts – InfoBarrel

A magazine subscription would be a cheap gift that they can enjoy every month for a year. Get your sports fan their favorite players jersey or even just a player on their favorite team’s jersey. Would they like a nice tailgating cooler? A tailgating grill or a table for having a meal while tailgating? Or maybe even a tailgating tent?

Sporting Event Seat Covers:

If your fan likes to go to sporting events where they have bleachers, then maybe they would enjoy seat covers as a gift.

Team Jerseys:A team jersey can be a very thoughtful and nice gift. Give the fan in your life a sweatshirt, t-shirt, hat or other clothing item that has their favorite sports team logo. Maybe a book that has tips for helping their performance or one with historical sports facts.. If your sports fan participates in the sport, maybe they need gear of their own.

Sports Fan Accessories:

There are a ton of sports fan accessories that you could get as a gift, or for stocking stuffers during the holidays. They can wear this jersey while they watch sporting events at home, at a bar or while they are at a game.Sports Magazine or Book

You can get a sports magazine subscription or book for the sports fan in your life. Either to see his or her favorite team, or to see a professional or semi-professional sporting event in the area.

Sports Clothing:

Sports clothing can make a great gift. Maybe they would like ESPN magazine, Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest or any other specialty sports magazine. If they play soccer maybe a soccer ball, or if they do gymnastics maybe some home gymnastics equipment.

Tailgating Chairs:

If your sports fan regularly goes to sporting events like football, basketball or hockey games

then tailgating chairs are an excellent gift. They can wear their sports clothing just hanging around the house, running errands or while watching the sport. Even if your sports fan already has tailgating chairs, they are a great gift because everyone can use extras. Accessories such as flags, memorabilia, stickers for the car or blankets.

Christmas Ornament:

If this is a Christmas sports gift you are looking for, maybe your sports fan would like a sports-themed Christmas ornament.

Play-at-home Sports Equipment:

Consider getting your sports fan something he or she needs to play at home.

I hope this list of sports gift ideas helps you pick out the perfect gift for the sports fan in your life! You might also want to check out ways to save money on gifts.

Looking for a sports gift for the sports fan in your life? Hopefully these ideas help you find the perfect gift!

Sporting Event Tickets:

Sporting event tickets are an obvious gift for the avid sports fan. If they like football, you could get them a nerf football to throw around or if they like golf, then consider a package of balls as a golf gift. Or you can get them a sports book as a gift. Extra tailgating chairs are great for any guests they might bring or the chairs can break, or maybe they have low quality uncomfortable chairs and would like better ones.Tailgating Materials:

On the same note as the tailgating chairs, consider other tailgating materials for the sports fan in your life

Tips For Surviving In The Nfl Survivor Pool

This goes on until only one player is left in the betting pool and he would be the winner or the champion of the game.

A few instructions for surviving in the Sports Betting Pools

Today online sporting events are becoming popular with the pools to become easily accessible, manageable and safe. These online betting sites provide various pool formats which can be used for recording the scores and organizing the websites without any difficulties. However these Sports Betting Pools can be custom-made to work under several other occasions such as the college league etc., In this type of pools you have to predict the winner of the week and if the team you predicted had won the game then you move on to bet on the team next week .If you had not succeeded in predicting the winner then you are out of the game. Getting involved in the NFL games, hanging in there on the basis of your knowledge and becoming the single survivor or champion of the NFL pool would be not only be a good proposition to anyone playing the game but is also a great entertainment alternative. Added to this there are other returns like ascertaining their positions and customizing their pool size with pressures about score prediction.

Depending on the amount of players or participants you are deciding to pull in you can fix the entrance fee .The real thrill and enjoyment in Sports Betting Pools can be enjoyed by your friends and family at economical prices.

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Adam Paul is an author for, one of the best sports pool site. The NFL Survivor Pool is a simple game wherein the only main rule is that the player who stays the longest and predicts the frontrunner wins the game or becomes the champion in the end.

The NFL Survivor Pool is mostly used because there are fewer teams participating and they have a huge following. He is writing articles on nfl survivor pool from past 2 years.

oA good online guide will help you start off your betting online.

oSearch for the list of online sports bookmakers with untarnished records as these bookmakers help us in taking calculated risks on the game we like. 888sport, Party bets, Betfair are a few of the well known and reliable bookmakers.. Here are a few tips to help you get a grip over the NFL Survivor Pool:

oSign up with a pool which provides attractive joining bonus for every newcomer.

oMake sure that the bookmakers chosen by you have registered with the government and are abiding to the strict laws laid out by the government to safeguard the players interests.

oAnd lastly focus on the game you have put your money on and put in your money in little parts rather than shelling it all out on one single bet to minimize the risks involved.

There are innumerable number of websites offering betting for visitors on MLB pools, NBA and NFL pools. There are huge followers who are searching the websites for tips to win big cash pools

When Buddhists Attack, A Brilliant Work on Zen and the Martial Arts

The most common misconception about mushin would be that it revolves around the notion of concentrating on a particular task at the exclusion of all else. Once you gain a clear understanding of basic Zen principles and you see how these principles proved appealing to the samurai class in Japan, a great deal about the connection between the martial arts and a religion/philosophy that professes non-violence flow so seamlessly together. Among the most interesting charters would be the one on mushin and mindfulness. While many martial arts books are forgotten about shorting after being published, this is one that will likely become a classic.

Two of the more interesting chapters are The Warriors’ Zen: Initial Attraction and The Warriors’ Zen: An Established Relationship. The topic is not lost amidst a lot of confusing mumbo jumbo that permeates so many inaccessible philosophical works.

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Reflections on Cynicism, Truth and Liberation in the Zen Notion of Life is Suffering

In this work, Mann goes into great (yet simply described) detail on what Zen Buddhism is and also offers insights into the many different schools of Indian, Chinese and Japanese Zen. Mann has authored one of the more interesting works that delves into the relationship between Zen Buddhism and the martial arts. Frequently, this is because they are not designed as introductory texts.

Jeffry R. Namely, they will be discovering how and why Zen theory grew to be so interconnected with the martial arts. If you want to learn not only about Zen theory but also wish to see a connection between the martial arts and Zen, many of the classic works can sometimes be difficult to sift through. What makes this work so engaging is the fact it is written for the laymen looking for a very clear and concise tome that discusses the subject in an accessible way. Mushin deals with the theory of no mind which is, mainly, being in the moment of what you are doing.

Those that have a love for the martial arts and their traditional roots traced to Zen Buddhism will find this work to be one of the best ever published. Mann effectively points out that the highest cultivation of mushin is being lost in the moment of what one is doing while also being consciously aware of one’s surroundings. This is an attribute that would be extremely important to a trained martial artist.

Then Along Came When Buddhists Attack.

While there are many brilliant and classic such as Zen Theory, Zen Practice, Zen and Japanese Culture, The Unfettered Mind, and others, those works might not be easily understood by those that are completely new to Zen philosophy. These chapters cover the crux of the material many will be reading the book to learn.

Clear and to the Point

The work covers the somewhat misunderstood practice of meditation and why it is integral to Zen Buddhist training. Later in the book, we learn a little bit about how the western cultures began to embrace this unique mix of Zen theory and the combative arts.. Entitled When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts, this is one of the best works to emerge in recent years capable of putting the connection between Zen and the fighting arts into its proper historical context. Read my hub reviewing the book Campfire Tales from Hell

In other words, you can actually understand what it is Mann is trying to get across. In particular, the reader learns how and why martial arts and Zen theory became so intertwined in Japanese culture

Fantasy sports betting to be legalized in Iowa

Lawmakers in the state are working on a bill that is said to legalize fantasy sports wagering in the state.

Many states in the country have banned daily fantasy sports websites including New York and Nevada. The attempts to address issues regarding fantasy sports have been ongoing for four years in the state and “The concessions both sides have made have been good,” .according to Rep. Highfill.

While several problems related to finances and family lives have been reported because of gambling, Betting Expert opens up opportunities to let people enjoy betting without having to lose any money.

“Americans with betting ambitions can make money on the site on monthly basis just with their predictions and without losing a coin,” – says company’s project manager Alexander Kostin.. According to The Verge, Virginia is the first state to pass a law that legalizes and regulates fantasy sports betting.

Legislation is in the process of establishing taxes and fees to start fantasy sports wagering in Iowa. Set to be managed under the purview of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission that also regulates casinos in Iowa, the proposal to pass the bill is already in process, according to The Gazette.

Though fantasy sports betting is illegal in most states in the United States, Betting Expert, a site run by the Danish entrepreneurs and investors Jesper S√łgaard and Christian Dam Rasmussen users with some alternatives to make money by only predicting on fantasy sports including NFL, NHL, and Premier League among others.

Considered to be a multi-billion-dollar industry nationally, fantasy sports are immensely popular among adults in the state where over half of the population have been found to have gambled in the past years. Lisa Madigan, the Attorney General at Illinois also added that daily fantasy sports betting are illegal in the state but a bill to pass it is pending

World Cup 2014: “Group A” odds, bracket predictions, picks and TV match schedule

Daniel Alves, Fred and Neymar of Brazil sing the anthem before the International Friendly Match between Brazil and Serbia at Morumbi Stadium on June 06, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

El Tri is listed as a distant runner-up in oddsmakers’ eyes, as their odds to win Group A stand at +600 just days away from their first match against Cameroon on June 13 (12 p.m. ET in Fortaleza), and finally a date with Cameroon (June 23 at 4 p.m. ET) from Natal. ET) in Recife.

Given that we are days away from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, this seems like an opportune time to take a look at the latest odds to win “Group A”, the official TV match schedule, and of course, issue some free picks and predictions.

The three TV scheduled matches on Brazil’s slate in the group stage are slated in the following order: Croatia (June 12 at 4 p.m. As detailed by Bleacher Report on June 9, 2014, the host country of Brazil, Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon comprise this year’s Group A. .

Finally, the Republic of Cameroon is getting no love from 2014 World Cup oddsmakers, as they’re listed as 25/1 [+2500] longshots. At the present time, the five-time World Cup champs have been tagged with 1/4 odds to win Group A in rather easy fashion. ET in Brasilia). As far as which Group A side is capable of giving Brazil its toughest challenge, it shouldn’t shock anyone that Mexico is that team. ET in Sao Paulo), an all-American showdown with Mexico (June 17 at 3 p.m. ET in Manaus) will be sandwiched between the aforementioned matches with Brazil (first match) and Mexico (third match). As stated above, Mexico plays Brazil in its second group match, before closing things out with a clash against Croatia on June 23 (4 p.m. This year’s team will try and become only the second squad to survive group play in six appearances, but will have to defy very tall odds. It’s certainly worth noting that the Croatians’ battle with Cameroon on June 18 (3 p.m.

Brazil: 1/4 [-400]

Mexico: 6/1 [+600]

Croatia: 8/1 [+800]

Cameroon: 25/1 [+2500]

Odds to win 2014 World Cup “Group A” Bracket

In terms of 2014 World Cup soccer betting odds, it should come as no surprise that Brazil is the overwhelming favorite to not only emerge from this bunch, but also to go all the way.

Next up on the list of odds to win Group A is Croatia, whose odds of upsetting Brazil and/or Mexico stand at 8/1 [+800]

Athlete Facts and Sports Fiction

Children’s biographies often include glossaries that are not provided in adult biographies. Not only do they learn to recognize animal names like Sharks, Bears, and Orioles, but also player names like Jones, Martinez, and Sutter. These children’s books are written for a younger audience and their readability. If the reader is truly motivated to read about their favorite player, they will do their best to read and comprehend, using their background knowledge on the topics or asking questions about words or concepts. Rising sport stars have their books published quickly to meet the demand for their stories.

Once they learn about their favorite teams and players, they will seek out more information about them. In some articles, readers learn more about how a professional player got to their current career, while other articles report on their special interests and community involvement..

Biography books do the same. They may be identified as high-interest, but a review of the content will determine its readability. Examples including restaurant logos like McDonald’s are part of the early reader’s repertoire. Toddlers are aware of environmental print, that is signs and words around them that they easily recognize. The same is true for the child who follows their family’s favorite sporting team. Current players make it into the newspapers and sports periodicals, so reading the sports section with your child will show how readers find information on a regular basis that has nothing to do with school. Jerseys are the environmental print for the sports enthusiast

Cricket Equipment List

In India all youngsters aspire to become Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev. There may be cricket equipment for safer and better play on the ground but for cricket fans, every time match reaches its climax its magic catches them off guard!

Cricket clothing is fashioned in such a way, so that it is comfortable and at the same time provides the proper protection to the players.

Stumps: These are three wooden poles of height 28 inches. Today’s pads are very light in weight but are still great protection for the batsmen.

Cricket Bat: A bat is made of wood and has a handle where the batsman holds the bat. The ball is made of cork at its center, wrapped in twine and covered with leather, which is stitched to form a seam. Wicket keeper’s pads are similar to batting pads, but they are shorter and lighter in weight, making them easier to move and dive around in. Pure love of this game can be witnessed during World Cups, especially if match is between India and Pakistan.

This fantastic, nerve wracking game is played between teams of eleven players each. It is also called box, cup or cricket box.

Ball: The standard circumference of a cricket ball is 9 inches. It cannot be longer than 38 inches or wider than 4.25 inches. White ball is used in the short version of the game, while a red ball is used in the test cricket.

Gloves: There are two types of gloves, one used by batsmen which has thick padding above the fingers. Apart from t-shirts with collar, pants, hats, caps, spiked shoes, and sunglasses, following is the list of important protective gear.

Abdominal Guard: It is high density plastic with smooth edge worn to protect the “privates” when batting against a cricket ball or other hard ball. If you’ve ever been hit by a quick delivery, you’ll know it’s always better to use the guards as much as you can. Wicket keeper wears the other gloves, which are larger in size with web between thumb and forefinger. This is marked by a thick white rope.. The sport is like a religion in India and Pakistan. A black screen is used for the one day internationals, since this version is played with a white ball and a screen of a lighter shade is used for test cricket.

With the advent of “twenty-twenty” in the international cricket, the pace and spirit of the game is at its peak. There are three stumps at each end, with two bails sitting across the top of them and are equally spaced to cover a width of 9 inches.

Other equipment used by batsmen are thigh pad and rib guard for the protection of thigh and chest respectively.

Cricket is becoming popular globally; the day is not far away when like Soccer, Cricket will become mass mania across the globe. It has a conical bottom and a horizontal groove across the top end. Wicket keepers like to wear a pair of cotton inners underneath the main gloves. Leg Pads: These are worn by batsmen and wicket keepers to protect themselves against the pace of the ball. Wicket keepers and fielders close to the wicket should also wear it. Due to increasing corporate interest and huge amount of money associated with the game, cricket equipment has become more and more advanced.

Helmet: Helmets are worn by batsmen and a maximum of one close fielder or keeper. The front portion of the bat is flat and back portion has a slender curve, which gives the bat thickness and balance.

Sight Screen: It is the screen outside the boundary, exactly perpendicular to the width of the pitch and behind both pairs of stumps for better visibility.

Boundary: A rope which demarcates the perimeter of the field is known as boundary line. Helmet is a must to avoid any accident in the field be it full toss, top-edged or a throw, which can hit the player’s head

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In the rest of the world though, there is no such problem.

The sport of soccer, which is known as football in many places is the most popular sport in the world. We have all seen the pictures of the crazy fans fighting in the stands at soccer matches all over the world. at various times, but the sport has never become as popular as American favorites such as Football (the American version), baseball, and basketball. Fans take the sport very seriously. It is somewhat ironic that in the sports mad United States, soccer has struggled to become popular. Its difficult to find a country in the world where soccer is not played. While the Olympic Games are important for soccer, the biggest event is the World Cup. Soccer has many professional leagues all over the world. There have been several professional leagues that have operated in the U.S. Many of the top leagues are in different European countries.