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.



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  • Bangladesh Bank - February 5, 2016. A group of international robbers allegedly with the aid of some influential officials of the Government of Bangladesh stole as much as $101 million foreign reserve of the central bank named ‘Bangladesh Bank' from its account at the US Federal Reserve Bank. According to the Bangladesh Bank spokesman, a group of robbers hacked the security system of the bank online in early February and stole credentials for payment transfers. The money was channeled to the Philippines where it was sold on the black market and funneled to ‘local casinos’. After the casino laundering, it was sent back to the same black market FX broker who promptly moved it to ‘overseas accounts’ within days. The robbers had sent 35 advices by using the SWIFT codes to the US Federal Bank but five of those were complied with until the theft was unearthed. The news of such a great bank robbery came to light after almost a month on February 29, 2016 by the Daily Inquirer in Philippines. The Government of Bangladesh, more specifically the Bangladesh Bank had been widely criticized for keeping this hidden for such a long time.[1][2][3][4][5][6]
  • Sonali Bank - On January 26, 2014, a Sonali Bank branch in Kishoreganj was robbed of 169 million Bangladeshi taka after two men tunneled their way into the vault from an abandoned room of a neighboring house.[7][8]


  • 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.
  • ABM Amro Bank - March 2007. A man using a stolen Argentinian passport under the name of Carlos Hector Flomenbaum stole diamonds worth $28 million from safety deposit boxes in the vault of an ABM Amro bank in Brussels.[9]
  • Brussels Airport diamond heist - February 18, 2013. Robbers escaped with US$50 million worth of diamonds (belonging, again, to the Antwerp World Diamond Centre) stolen from a Swiss-bound Fokker 100 at Brussels Airport.[10][11]







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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15]






Labh Singh allegedly masterminded[16] what was at that time the largest bank robbery in Indian history, netting almost 60 million (58 million rupees-US$4.5 million) from Millar Ganj branch of Punjab National Bank, Ludhiana;[16] a part of this stolen money belonged to the Reserve Bank of India, India's central bank.[17][18] It was documented as “Biggest Bank Robbery” under “Curiosities and wonders” in Limca Book of Records.[19] The loot enabled the Khalistan Commando Force to buy sophisticated weapons[20] and AK-47 rifles.[21] Sikh militants often used bank robberies to finance their campaign against the Indian government.[17]

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "12 to 15 Sikhs dressed as policemen and armed with submachine guns and rifles escaped with nearly $4.5 million in the biggest bank robbery in Indian history." "No one was injured." A Police spokesman described it as "a neat and clean operation".[18]

Khalistan Commando Force members who allegedly participated in the robbery included Harjinder Singh Jinda, Mathra Singh,[22] Paramjit Singh Panjwar,[23] Satnam Singh Bawa,[24] Gurnam Singh Bundala,[25] Sukhdev Singh Sukha, Daljit Singh Bittu,[26][27][28] Gursharan Singh Gamma[26][27] and Pritpal Singh.[29]

  • October 28, 2014 Indian robbers tunneled through 125 feet of earth and concrete to break into a nationalised bank’s strong room and stole cash and valuables worth crores of rupees in Haryana’s Gohana township.[30]



  • 300 million yen robbery, 1968.
  • 540 million yen robbery incident in Fukutoku Bank Kobe branch, August 1994.[31]
  • 600 million yen robbery incident in Tachikawa, Tokyo, May 2011.[32]




  • Museon Jewel Heist 2002.[35]
  • 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.[36]




  • ABL Karachi, December 13, 2009, 311 million rupees 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.[37][38] Robbers disarmed the security guard and opened more than 400 safety deposit boxes. They took at least 32,000,000 euros in gold, precious stones and cash.

In March 2012 two robbers were arrested. One of them was a security guard at the bank.[39] The court process against two robbers started[40] in November 2013. At least one robber is still free.


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United Kingdom[edit]


United States[edit]


Deadly US robberies[edit]

Large value US robberies[edit]



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