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March 12, 2009

Coolest Article of the Day: The Untold Story of the $100 Million Diamond Heist from Antwerp's "Impregnable Vault"

Reads like a movie, but with two problems:

1. It seems it was too damn easy to get into the "impregnable" vault.

2. It was too easy for the police to catch all but one of the clever thieves. Stupid criminals make stupid mistakes; clever criminals also make stupid mistakes. Like not burning the evidence that tied them to the heist, instead choosing to just dump it beside a road and hope that no one would notice.

Well, someone noticed. Here's what makes it a bit more movie-like again: They happened to dump the evidence in a patch of woods that was watched over by a guy who really hated litterbugs, and was always calling the cops if kids should happen to leave behind beer bottles and such. Whoops. Picked the wrong dump-site.

It's a bit like the Brinks Job that way.

Definitely worth your time.

Inside Job? Just thinking -- as far as I know there is no "King of Keys" proven to exist. And the key to the vault just happened to have been left behind? And they had all this inside information from another diamond merchant?

I'm thinking the "King of Keys" and the diamond merchant -- both of them -- were really just a single employee of the bank.


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