Robbery is a crime for which criminals face a prison sentence. After all, human property is protected by law. It would seem that it can be interesting in such an ordinary crime? However, some robberies are so amazing that they are written about by the media – they are so vivid and unusual.
Yes, and in the plot of movies such stories do not go bad, remember at least Bonnie and Clyde. So eccentric and strange thefts are sure to be in the focus of attention not only to law enforcement officials, but also to the public. We will tell below and the most unusual crimes of this kind.
Theft of Dirk’s penguin.
Cocktail parties in the company of young and gay young men can lead to unpredictable consequences. By starting this robbery loud and gone, but in the number of unusual it surely enters. Three young guys in 2012 rested on the Gold Coast in Australia.
When they drank a lot, they, of course, were drawn to feats. SeaWorld was chosen as the venue for demonstrating their skills. Men climbed over a high fence, and then swam in an aquarium with dolphins. It’s good that there were no sharks in the pond, but the story could take a dramatic hue. Then the drinkers for some reason took one of the birds with them to their room.
When they woke up in the morning, they did not remember much about what was happening. But the penguin in the room eloquently testified about the night adventures. Naturally, men did not want to mess with the stolen bird. They found it unnecessary to return it, they threw it in the room and simply fled the hotel. Soon the servant found in the room an uninvited feathered lodger.
Penguin was safely returned to SeaWorld. Only now during the theft the bird was injured, and she needed treatment. Criminals quickly found. They were punished with a large fine and forced to bring a public apology to the park.
This crime took place several centuries ago. But in fact it was based solely on good intentions. In 1303, England was ruled by King Edward I. The times were hard, the state imposed a heavy tax burden on the local Jewish community. As a result, one peasant, selling wool, decided to commit a crime.
To replenish his purse, he robbed a little bit of the monetary depository of Westminster Abbey, where tax revenues from all over the country came. Richard Publicocott was able to find out the plan of this building and enlist the support of prominent priests. The merchant promised them solid monetary rewards.
Throughout the winter of 1303, Richard collected all the tools and materials he needed for a daring event. When spring came, the peasant sowed fields near the abbey of cannabis. The plants had to act as a camouflage. In fact, they hid a hole in the concrete wall of the wall. The courageous plan was a success and Publiccott was able to get to the vault.
For several days he worked in the building until he gained enough, he thought, of the treasure. The peasant filled the trunks and baskets with gold coins, florins and precious stones and took them out of the treasury. Historians estimate the amount stolen in 100 thousand pounds sterling. But it was more than taxes collected in the country for a year!
At the time of the theft, the King of England was at war in Scotland. He learned about a daring crime when officials suddenly discovered in one of London’s pawnshops gold Florentine coins. And in the first months after the robbery, fishermen on the Thames caught priceless artifacts from the repository of the abbey in their networks. Over the next few years, hundreds of British citizens from various parts of London were questioned and arrested on suspicion of robbery. Among them was Richard Publicott.
In an effort to save other people, he confessed to theft and testified that he acted alone.In 1305, the brazen merchant was executed – he was hanged, and his body was torn off his skin and hung on the door of Westminster Abbey, as an admonition to other robbers. Now everyone who encroaches on the treasures of the crown, will have to think about an unenviable fate. Circus Circus Hotel and casino.
In 1969, there was an ordinary attempt to rob an armored car. At the same time, the 61-year-old security guard was fatally wounded, and the criminal named Roberto Solis was imprisoned for 17 years. There he behaved roughly and even composed poems under the name Pancho Anguilla. In fact, the bandit was considering a new, more successful robbery. Solis was released on parole for excellent behavior.
At that moment, he already had in his head a detailed plan for robbery of the casino. At first, the offender seduced 20-year-old Heather Tallchif, convincing her of the need for robbery and the possibility of successful implementation of the plan. To further elaborate the plan, the couple moved to Mexico. According to him, Heather got a job in a company that carried out transportation from the Cirucus hotel to the casino in Las Vegas.
On October 1, 1993, the robbery took place, as planned. In the hands of the pair was 2.5 million dollars. Heather had only 2 minutes to steal the car left by her colleagues. A few kilometers from this place, Solis was already waiting for her in a rented warehouse on another car. On the same day, robbers disguised as an elderly couple flew to Denver, and from there to Miami, where they hid the stolen goods. For a long time the couple lived together, they even had a son.
But one morning Heather found that her husband had left her with a child, leaving her with only one thousand dollars of money. In 2005, a woman came to surrender to the police, she was put in jail. And Solis is still wanted by the authorities. Telling the investigators about the motives of the crime, Heather blames his partner for everything. Allegedly, he managed to hypnotize her with a murderous gaze and acted with his sexual magic.
Brian Wells and the bank robbery.
An unremarkable pizza deliveryman, Brian Wells, in 2003 performed his usual order. He rang the doorbell and in a few minutes was taken hostage by two bandits. They put a gun on Brian’s head, putting a bomb around his neck with a clockwork. Then the hostage was given instructions on the robbery of the bank, threatening that in case of failure the bomb would explode. The fear of death made Brian decide to commit a crime. The investigators then figured out that the bomb had to explode in any case. The conspirators did not want to leave an unwanted witness who would cooperate with the police.
So, with the bomb on his neck, Wells went to the address indicated to him. There, he threatened the employees of the bank with a homemade weapon handed to him, demanded 250 thousand pounds sterling from them. But in the box office at that time was only 10 thousand. Brian took the money with him, but was soon detained by the police. The guy immediately called for help, wishing the sappers arrived. But the cops for some reason did not hurry to do this.
The team of sappers was summoned only after half an hour, it took only 3 minutes to arrive at the place. However, it was too late – the bomb exploded, the unfortunate Brian died without waiting for help. As a result, the poor pizza delivery was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and his death took place in front of many viewers who watched the live broadcast.
The conspirators are still found. In 2007, they were sentenced to 30 and 45 years. At the hearing, Kenneth Barnes and Marjorie Dale-Armstrong claimed that they did not attack Wells. According to them, the peddler from the very beginning was in a conspiracy, and the bomb should be fake. The police found out that the money needed the bandits to pay for the services of the killer, who was supposed to kill the rich father of Dale-Armstrong. Thus, friends would have access to a solid inheritance.
Theft of royal regalia.
English Colonel Thomas Blood had a bad reputation.The surrounding people noted his volatile behavior and cunning. During the famous war of the Three Kingdoms, Blood so radically led himself that many regarded his actions as a betrayal. In 1671, the colonel decided to embark on the biggest, most risky and bad adventure in his life – the theft of royal regalia.
To steal the scepter of Charles II and his crown, the colonel disguised himself as a priest, his other companion played the role of the monk’s wife. The couple visited the Tower several times to explore in detail the surrounding environment. “Spouses” managed even to become friends with the family of the keeper of royal values, Edward Talbot. The conspirators regularly visited them.
Blood managed to persuade the caretaker to show him privately the treasures of the crown. Talbot also did not suspect that he was leading to the storehouse of criminals. The same under the cassocks were hidden pistols and swords. When the caretaker drove the criminals to the treasure, they quickly hit the head of the unfortunate Talbot, tied him and put a gag in his mouth. With the help of prepared tools, the scepter was divided into two parts. And the crown of millet was crushed, so that it could be more easily hidden.
Happiness of the robbers did not last long, at the exit from the store they were detained by the guards who heard the cries of the caretaker. Colonel, along with his accomplices, appeared before the King’s court. The criminals were surrounded in treason, but the monarch decided to pardon them to everyone’s surprise. Blood has even received a gift of land in Ireland. Perhaps the king feared a military riot, in the event of the execution of their commander. As a result, the crown was restored, but the wand could not be restored or repaired.
Since then, Thomas Blad lived quietly in his possessions, without encroaching on royal regalia. But the Colonel’s reputation was still bad. Even after Blood’s death, his body was pulled out of the grave in order to make sure of death. And it was rumored that the colonel staged his demise in order to evade paying taxes.
The robbery of John Voitovich and Salvatore Natur.
Some famous thieves go down in history due to their rich prey, these criminals managed to become famous because of their lack of organization and poor organization of the whole matter. On August 22, 1972, 18-year-old Salvatore Naturale and 27-year-old John Wojtowicz decided to seize one of the bank’s branches in Brooklyn. Together with him was another friend, who eventually could not stand nervous tension and simply fled home.
Two gay guys armed with rifles, but the plan of robbery never came up. As a result, they spent 20 minutes in the bank, collecting money on the cash registers. It was enough for the police to arrive at the place of robbery and surround the building. Not only that the thieves did not have enough professionalism, they were also sluggish. In addition, the bandits worked without gloves and masks, left a bunch of prints and called each other by name. And all this in front of many witnesses.
When they realized that the building was surrounded, they demanded an opportunity to leave without hindrance, promising not to touch the hostages in return. For as long as 17 hours, the police continued to communicate with the mountain terrorists. As a result, Naturile and Voitovich came out. During the detention, the younger criminal did not wish to surrender and was shot. And his senior partner and lover surrendered and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The police found out that the young people had planned a robbery, so Voitovich wanted to change the sex to his friend. During the investigation it was also found out that the plan of robbery was taken from the film “Godfather”. The irony was that a few years later Al Pacino played the role of John Voitovich in the tape “Dog Noon”.
The trophy of Jules Rome.
At the World Cup, which took place in England in 1966, the winning team was to receive as prize a goddess cup, Jules Rome. At the very beginning of the year, the prize was exhibited in the central hall of Westminster, so that the public could see it. At the same time it was planned to guard the trophy round the clock.To ensure even greater safety of the cup, he was insured for 30 thousand pounds.
When the exhibition opened, a lot of visitors gathered in the hall, many of whom came to admire the famous trophy. At the same time in the room were both guards in uniform and civil servants dressed? Everything went smoothly, until it was time to change the guard. For a short interval of time, attackers could crack the window, open an emergency exit and hide with a cup in an unknown direction.
When the new shift came, she found the loss and sounded the alarm. But the criminals were not quickly detained. They seemed to disappear into the air. Besides that, a lot of people crowded around the Westminster building that day, it is not clear who of them was an accomplice in loud theft.
The next day, the chairman of the Football Association was called directly to the office. An unknown male voice demanded £ 15,000 for a full return of the trophy. If there is an appeal to the police, the intruder threatened to melt the goblet. Nevertheless, the chairman decided to take a chance and contacted law enforcement authorities. The police found out about the call and quickly detained the caller. The criminal turned out to be in reality a “little bipop,” which hardly had anything to do with robbery. And the cup itself was not found.
A week after the theft, when no one was counting on a miracle, the goddess’s cup was found under the bushes by passers-by walking his dog. The prize was wrapped in a newspaper and wrapped in a package. Englishman David Corbett took the find to the police station, for which he later received a reward of 6 thousand pounds and the right to lunch with the national team at the end of the competition.
The British Football Association has acknowledged its mistake, since then, not the champion trophy itself, but a copy of it, is exhibited to the public. And the dog, who found the legendary cup, became so popular that she managed to star in television, in advertising, and in the cinema.
The staff of the Munch Museum in Oslo survived a series of robberies. Twice thieves attempted the works of the famous artist, both times while they freely left the scene of the crime. Also, after one of the thefts in the museum hall, an ironic note was left: “Thank you very much for such a low level of security.”
During the first theft from the wall on the second floor, one of the three versions of the Scream was stolen. All of them were written by Edward Munch. Obviously, the staff of the museum was concerned about the abundance of tourists associated with the Olympic Games in Lillehammer and decided to remove the valuable creation away from the eyes of the crowd. Thieves seized the moment and took possession of a valuable picture. True, they soon tried to sell it to the museum back, and were caught by the police. So the “Scream” returned safely to the exhibition hall.
But in 10 years there was a second case of theft. This time the attention of thieves was attracted by another version of “Scream”. Now the theft was much bolder and more dangerous than before. Thieves broke into the museum right in the middle of the working day. They were armed with pistols, and faces were wearing masks. The bandits took the pictures they needed and disappeared by car.
Only here an occasional witness from afar managed to photograph a car at the time of its departure from the museum. Although the police had this photo, for two whole years the villains could not be found. There were even rumors that criminals simply burned pictures to destroy the evidence.
D In 2006 there was still a loss, and the paintings were returned to the museum. As a result of the investigation, six people were convicted and sent to prison. These robberies forced the administration of the Munch Museum to overhaul the halls and strengthen security measures. Now, as it is believed, the expensive creations of the artist does not threaten anything.
Santa Claus is a robber.
This story occurred in 1927, when the Great Depression reigned in America. At the time, Marshall Ratliff was known in Texas as an active bank robber.After a conditional conviction for a long period, the man remained unemployed and without means of subsistence. Where can I get cash? Of course, in the bank! This institution Marshal and decided to rob, because this, in his opinion, was the only option to provide accommodation. Ratliff’s victim was the local bank branch. But in the hometown of Cisco Marshal could easily find out, so he went to work in a Santa Claus suit and mask.
The case took place on December 23, on the eve of Christmas. Therefore, the appearance of the robber did not surprise anyone and did not attract attention. On the way to the case, Ratliff even communicated with the children and stroked them on the head. Santa was so kind that some children even went to the institution behind him. In the bank, Marshal and three of his friends took out pistols and began demanding that they give $ 150,000 in cash and securities.
And the thieves put the prey in Santa’s bag. The bandits were unlucky – the mother of one of the girls who went after the good Santa, saw what was happening in the bank. The woman started screaming. The thieves did not count on this turn of events. Nearby there were policemen who surrounded the building. The criminals tried to leave him, the shooting started. During it, one gangster and two policemen were killed.
The runaway robbers were put on the wanted list, while the operation was very serious and large-scale. As a result, the bandits were found, with their capture again there was no shooting. All three of the remaining criminals were injured, only in Ratliffa hit six times. But still the bandits survived and managed to stand trial. His decision was tough and disappointing. The leader of the gang, Marshal, along with the chief aide, was sentenced to death. The third robber received a life sentence.
Ratliff tried to avoid fate, he appealed the decision of the judges, and then tried to demonstrate mental inadequacy. But when they found out about this, angry residents of the Eastland County broke into the prison and executed the criminal themselves. Pleas for forgiveness and mercy did not save him from a heavy fate. Already in our time, in 2009, a similar crime was registered. The man in Santa’s suit also decided to rob the bank. The imitator told the witnesses that he needed money to pay to his elves.
This high-profile kidnapping is wrapped in mystery. People who committed it, and did not find. Neither police tricks nor any methods helped. Not found and was the object of theft – the famous Irish horse Shergar. That story aroused great resonance in the press, for several years the newspapers recalled this theft.
The case was foggy in the evening of 1983, when a mysterious car with a trailer was near the stables, where the famous horses were kept. James Fitzgerald, one of the owners of the horses, locking them up for the night, got a truncheon on the head. A whole group of six people at least locked it with relatives in the room.
There the hostages remained under the care of armed people. Then the bandits led Fitzgerald to the stables, where they were ordered to show the most expensive horses. After this, the horses were loaded into a car and taken away in an unknown direction. Since then, no one has seen elite horses.
The police used even unusual methods for searching. Even clairvoyants were attracted, but this did not succeed. The investigators had only the code names of the criminals in their hands, used by them to communicate with each other during the robbery, as well as the testimony of the owners of the house. The thieves had so carefully planned the crime that they left no prints or footprints behind them.
After this, the gang repeatedly contacted the owners of other stables, offering them stolen horses. However, no one dared to contact thieves, because this could be an excellent reason for further such thefts. As a result, the villains could not sell their valuable cargo, soon they stopped hearing about them. The police believe that the horses were killed in order to hide the evidence.