List of bank robbers and robberies

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This is a list of famous bank robberies, bank robbers and gangs involved in bank robberies.





  • Sonali Bank, 2014, Tk 169 million in promissory notes.

On Jan 26, Sonali Bank branch in Kishoreganj’s Rathkhola after tunnelling their way into it from an abandoned room of a neighbouring house.


  • Antwerp Diamond Heist - February 16, 2003 .Almost $100 million worth of diamonds, gold and other jewellery were stolen from the high security underground vaults of Antwerp World Diamond Centre by a 5-man team. In a disciplined, sophisticated manner, they carefully planned and covered all possible loopholes before its execution by training themselves in a replica of the vault. They started their plot months before the heist by renting a space and starting a trading business to blend in.






  • Bank of the Republic (Colombia) robbery – On October 16 and 17, 1994, $24 075 million pesos (US$28.8 million ) cash was extracted from the Bank in the city of Valledupar, Colombia. The money was in non-circulating bills of $2000, $5000 and $10000 pesos denominations. The bank had the serial number of every bill stolen.


The first bank robbery in Denmark occurred August 18, 1913 in the bank Sparekassen for København og Omegn at Østerbro in Copenhagen. It was carried out by two men, Danish salesman Lindorff Larsen and a German machinist Güttig, armed with revolvers, the two got away with 9000 Danish kroner. Güttig was arrested August 30 and Lindorff Larsen committed suicide after having fled the police.[3]

The largest bank robbery in Denmark was carried out against the security firm Dansk Værdihåndtering in Brøndby at 5.30 AM on August 10, 2008. The robbers, who were armed with AK-47 assault rifles, got away with 62 million Danish kroner, after having knocked down a wall with a bulldozer. The robbery involved elaborate plans to obstruct the police from arriving at the scene, among other things 11 garbage trucks were set on fire and placed on routes from the nearest police stations to the scene of the crime and caltrops were placed on other key routes. The robbers used 3 getaway cars, which they afterwards parked in containers at an abandoned gravel pit for a later pickup, but the police managed to discover their placement, and following a continued surveillance of the area arrested 3 men of Swedish nationality that appeared at the scene a few days later to pick up the cars.[4] All in all 15 persons of a variety of nationalities and ethnicities, but mainly tied to the Swedish crime scene, were sentenced to prison for a total of 110 years. Only 4 million of the 62 million Danish kroner has been recovered to date.[5]






  • Chelembra bank robbery, 2007, 80 kilograms of gold and 2,500,000 rupees, a total value of 80 million Indian Rupees.


  • Central Bank of Iraq, March 18, 2003 - Considered the largest bank robbery in history.[6][7] Hours after the start of the Iraq War, Saddam Hussein orders his sons Qusay and Uday to steal nearly US$1 billion cash from the bank.[8][Note 1]
  • Dar es Salaam Bank in Baghdad—About US$300 million is stolen on July 12, 2007 by the bank's security guards, but mostly recovered later.[9]
  • Al-Rafidain in Baghdad, July 28, 2009 - One of Iraq's biggest-ever heists. Thieves made off with at least US$3.8 million in a pre-dawn raid on a branch of the state-owned bank in the shopping district of Karrada that left 8 police guards dead.[10]
  • Al-Rafidain Bank, al-Mishkhab, 20 miles south of Najaf-About US$5.5 million is stolen.[11]

Republic of Ireland[edit]




  • 300 million yen robbery, 1968.
  • 540 million yen robbery incident in Fukutoku Bank Kobe branch, August 1994.[12]
  • 600 million yen robbery incident in Tachikawa, Tokyo, May 2011。[13]



  • HSBC, 2007, 1 million Euros


  • Museon Jewel Heist 2002. [14]
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol The biggest jewel and diamond heist in Dutch history at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, where 75 million euros worth of jewels and diamonds was stolen from a secured cargo area. The robbers threatened security employees with guns and drove away in a money transport truck.



  • Alvin Flores Gang
  • Kuratong Baleleng Gang


KARACHI: In the biggest bank robbery in Pakistan’s history, foreign currency worth Rs301 million was looted from the Allied Bank Limited (ABL)’s head office on II Chundrigar Road here on Sunday morning. Earlier, the looted amount was projected as being over Rs500 million.






On the night of October 31 2005 robbers entered the safety deposit boxes of SKB Bank (Societe Generale) in Ljubljana through the main door and deactivated the alarm system.[15][16] Robbers disarmed the security guard and opened more than 400 safety deposit boxes. They took at least 32.000.000,00 EUR in gold, precious stones and cash.

In March 2012 two robbers were arrested. One of them was a security guard at the bank.[17] The Court process against two robbers started[18] in November 2013. At least one robber is still free.


South Africa[edit]


  • John AusoniusThe Laser Man killer and convicted bank robber.

United Kingdom[edit]


United States[edit]

Robberies (chronological)



  1. ^ Some sources [1] consider this to be a legal withdrawal rather than a robbery.


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  2. ^ Chrisafis, Angelique (February 19, 2013). "Diamond heist at Brussels airport nets gang up to £30m in gems". London: Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  3. ^ Axel Breidahl & Axel Kjerulf, Københavnerglimt - 1912 - 1920, 1938, p. 41.
  4. ^, "Sådan foregik danmarkshistoriens største røveri", March 7 2010
  5. ^ B.T., "Seks dømt i Danmarks- historiens største røveri", January 19 2012
  6. ^ CNN
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  8. ^ Harding, Thomas (August 5, 2005). "Papers show Saddam snatched bn from bank a day before invasion". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  9. ^ Reuters
  10. ^ Iraq (AFP) Eight dead, US$3.8 million missing in Baghdad bank heist
  11. ^ Ngân hàng Iraq mất $5 triệu sau khi lính canh bị cho uống thuốc ngủ (Vietnamese)
  12. ^ ja:福徳銀行5億円強奪事件
  13. ^ ja:立川6億円強奪事件
  14. ^ "Museum gem theft dazzles Dutch police". The Guardian. 3 December 2002. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
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  19. ^ 1976: Bank robbers jailed for 100 years, BBC News, On this day
  20. ^ High-profile heists , BBC News, High-profile heists
  21. ^ "The Ultimate Heist". Time. November 20, 1978. 
  22. ^ "American Greed 2011 Debut Features The Story of Stephen Trantel, Bank Robbing Broker"
  23. ^ Kotlowitz, Alex (July 8, 2002). "THE TRENCHCOAT ROBBERS". New Yorker. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
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