The world\'s biggest diamond heist - $100 million haul never seen again

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The world's biggest diamond heist - $100 million haul never seen again

In February 2003 thieves broke into a vault two floors beneath the Antwerp Diamond Center and made off with at least $100 million worth of loose diamonds, gold, jewelry, and other spoils.

The vault was thought to be impenetrable. It was protected by 10 layers of security, including infrared heat detectors, Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic sensor, and a lock with 100 million possible combinations.

The subterranean chamber was supposed to be one of the most secure safes in the world. Yet the foot-thick steel door was ajar, and more than 100 of the 189 safe-deposit boxes had been busted open.

The floor was strewn with wads of cash and velvet-lined boxes. It appeared that the thieves had so much loot, they simply couldn't carry it all away.

The robbery was called the heist of the century, and even now the police can't explain exactly how it was done.

Read how the thieves did it...
 http://www.wired.com/politi...

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By netchicken: posted on 13-3-2009








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