Friday, February 29, 2008

Smartest Dumb Thieves Ever

In case you hadn't heard, there was a very impressive jewel heist on Sunday in Milan. By impressive, I mean the planning and thought behind it. The cache, wasn't so impressive. The jewel thieves were probably a tad disappointed when they got home.

This is how it went down. Several times during the last few MONTHS, neighbors living in the area complained about noise in the early morning hours and late at night. The police were even called to investigate, but found nothing.

On Sunday, the armed, masked thieves stepped out from the basement via a tunnel bored through the cement. They forced employees in the showroom in to a small room where they were tied up while they went to clean out the safes.

Except the safes were mostly bare. This jeweler - Damiani - is famous for loaning his jewels out to stars on Oscar night. He had also lent a lot of his jewelry to the Tokyo store that was celebrating a grand opening that day. Oops.

In short, the most valuable jewels were already gone. (Tilda Swinton was wearing the bracelet above that was one of his premier diamond pieces Sunday night.)

All of the planning - from gaining access through a building next door that was undergoing remodeling so no one questioned the tools going in and out to the amount of time spent digging through cement walls - was a waste. Yeah, they did get some gold, platinum and diamond jewelry, but not the uber expensive stuff.

See kids, crime never pays. Even when you think you have it all figured out, an Award Ceremony will snag your plans. Robberies in the movies like Ocean's 11, 12 & 13 never work out how Hollywood writes them. Hollywood will always write the movies and wears the jewels...never the thieves.

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