Burglars reportedly steal $200,000 worth of stuff from Kendall Jenner’s home.
There’s a high cost to being a Kardashian.
Thieves broke into Kendall Jenner’s home while she was away Wednesday and stole personal belongings worth roughly $200,000, TMZ reports. A spokesperson for the LAPD confirmed to Moneyish that there had been a burglary — though it would not name the victim — and said that there were no suspects. Jenner’s attorney has not responded to request for comment.
Jenner’s big sis Kim endured an even more troubling robbery in Paris last year, in which thieves used her frequent social media posts to determine her location and robbed her of $10 million in jewels, including a $4 million engagement ring. She recalls the robbery on Keeping Up With the Kardashians earlier this month:
“They dragged me out to the hallway, on top of the stairs. That’s when I saw the gun clear as day,” she tells viewers. “I was like, I have a split-second in my mind to make this quick decision. Am I gonna run down the stairs and like, either be shot in the back – it makes me so upset to think about it – but, either they’re gonna shoot me in the back, or if I make it and they don’t, if the elevator does not open in time, or the stairs are locked … There’s no way out.”
Heists worth tens of millions are rare, but they do happen. Here are five of the more insane heists in recent history.
Antwerp Diamond Heist: $100 million in jewels
This operation — one of the largest jewelry heists of all time –could have been snatched from a movie like Ocean’s 11. To get to these diamonds and jewels, a ring of thieves outsmarted supposedly thief-proof security, including infrared heat detectors, a Doppler radar, magnets, seismic sensors and a lock with about 100 million possible combinations. “It was unbelief, really,” Antwerp police detective Patrick Peys said at the time. “It’s unimaginable that something like that happens because the buildings are secured quite well.”
When the diamond traders began work and discovered the theft, pandemonium ensued. “People were shouting, ‘That’s my box! That’s mine!'” said Denise Oliver, who investigated the case for an insurance company representing many of the diamond dealers. “People were crying, and people were fainting.” The mastermind, Leonardo Notarbartolo, was arrested in February 2003.
Brussels Airport Diamond Heist: $50 million
Heavily armed, with ski masks obscuring their faces, a gang of eight burst out of what looked to be police cars, lights flashing, onto the tarmac at the Brussels airport in February 2013, making off with 120 packages of diamonds tucked away on a regional jet bound for Zurich. They did it in just five minutes, escaping through a hole cut in the airport fence. But their freedom was short lived: Thirty-one people ended up getting arrested in March as part of that diamond heist ring
The Dunbar Armored Truck Robbery: $18.9 million in cash
In 1997, in one of the largest cash heists in the U.S., a former security officer at Dunbar Armored, a company that transports valuables in armored trucks, and his accomplices allegedly lifted $18.9 million in cash from the Dunbar Armored truck depot in Los Angeles. Dressed in black clothing and masks, the team descended upon the depot on the night of Sept. 12th, duct-taped and tied up the employees on duty, and cut the padlocks and cages where the money was kept with bolt cutters. They then tossed the cash — most of it $20 bills destined for ATMs in the city — into their U-Haul, smashed the surveillance video cameras and made their getaway.
They were convicted of the crime in 2001, but police were only able to recover about $5 million, most of it in the homes, cars and other goodies the perps had bought with their haul; police believe that much of the stolen money was “squandered by the robbers at gambling tables in Las Vegas or burned by them because many bills were sequentially numbered and could be easily traced,” the LA Times reports.
Cannes Hotel robbery: $136 million in jewelry
It only took about a minute. On a pleasant Sunday morning in July at the luxe Carlton Intercontinental Hotel on the French Riviera, a man was about to ruin diamond mogul Lev Leviev’s day. Leviev was having his company put on a jewelry exhibition inside the hotel, which the robber knew about; the robber, armed with a pistol, made off with 72 pieces of Leviev jewelry in roughly one minute. The haul included rings, pendants and earrings, flawless diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and gold, and more.
Gardner Museum art heist, $440 million in art
In March 1990, a pair of thieves dressed as Boston police officers convinced the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum security guard that they were responding to a call; the guard let them in through the security door. The thieves then handcuffed that guard and the other at the museum “and took them into the basement where they were secured to pipes and their hands, feet, and heads duct taped,” the museum writes on its site. The thieves proceeded to rob the museum of 13 works of art, including Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee and Vermeer’s The Concert. The crime is still being investigated and one of the men suspected of the crime didn’t make a deathbed confession of it, as some has suspected.
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