List of bank robbers and robberies

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







  • 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.






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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]






  • Chelembra bank robbery, 2007, 80 kilograms of gold and 2,500,000 rupees, a total value of 80 million Indian Rupees.
  • October 27, 2014 Indian Robbers tunnelled through 125 feet of earth and concrete to break into a nationalised bank’s strong room and loot cash and valuables worth crores of rupees in Haryana’s Gohana township. [8]


  • Central Bank of Iraq, March 18, 2003 - Considered the largest bank robbery in history.[9] 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.[10][dubious ]
  • 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.[11]
  • 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.[12]
  • Al-Rafidain Bank, al-Mishkhab, 20 miles south of Najaf-About US$5.5 million is stolen.[13][dubious ]
  • In 2014 in Mosul, the Islamic State steals $425 million after capturing the town.[14]



  • 300 million yen robbery, 1968.
  • 540 million yen robbery incident in Fukutoku Bank Kobe branch, August 1994.[15]
  • 600 million yen robbery incident in Tachikawa, Tokyo, May 2011。[16]




  • Museon Jewel Heist 2002. [19]
  • 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.



  • ABL Karachi, December 13, 2009, 301 Million Rs was looted from the Allied Bank Limited (ABL)’s head office.



Republic of Ireland[edit]





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.[20][21] 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.[22] The Court process against two robbers started[23] 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]


Deadly US Robberies[edit]

Large Value US Robberies[edit]



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