I hope this story gains some steam and makes its way around the Interwebs (I know I will do my part to try and expand its reach), because it is a fantastic robbery story, and if there has ever been a more ready-made plot for a robbery-turned-movie, I have never seen one. How has this not come out in theaters yet?
The Antwerp Diamond Center Heist
I won't post the whole thing here, but here's a quick excerpt:
In February 2003, Notarbartolo was arrested for heading a ring of Italian thieves. They were accused of breaking into a vault two floors beneath the Antwerp Diamond Center and making 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 robbery was called the heist of the century, and even now the police can't explain exactly how it was done.
The loot was never found, but based on circumstantial evidence, Notarbartolo was sentenced to 10 years. He has always denied having anything to do with the crime and has refused to discuss his case with journalists, preferring to remain silent for the past six years.
Also, I love that stealing $100 million in jewels gets you 10 years in jail (Well, 5 with good behavior).