Youâ€™ve seen enough movies to know what it takes to pull off the perfect bank heist: a crack team of experts who are well versed in the fields of technology, disguise, and combat; a cunning criminal mastermind for a leader, and a whole lot of luck. But in real life, as actual criminals have shown us over and over again, all you really need is a total lack of moral compass. Here are some of the worldâ€™s biggest bank heists committed by some of historyâ€™s boldest criminals.
British Bank of Middle East Heist
While some criminals prefer a more subtle approach, the bank robbers who pulled off this heist at a British bank in Beirut, Lebanon decided to make a show of it. On January 20th, 1976, under the cover of the chaos of the Lebanese civil war, a small heavily armed militia aligned with Yasser Arafatâ€™s Palestine Liberation Organization set off an explosion that blasted a hole in the shared wall between a Catholic Church and the British Bank of the Middle East.
The robbers then broke into the bankâ€™s vaults and stole Â£25 million worth of gold bars, currency, jewels, and stocks, estimated to be worth around $143 million today.Â The money was thought to have been funneled back into the PLO and the perpetrators were never caught.