Thomas Blood and the Crown Jewels Of England
Time to go old school…
In 1671, Thomas Blood, an Irish Assassin (obviously) decided to try his hand at robbery. And you might as well go hard or go home. He targeted the crown jewels of England, which are held in the Tower of London and surrounded by guards … a lot of guards! Blood’s plan involved costumes, a fake title, a fake wife (played by a prostitute) and a fake nephew, which he claimed would marry the daughter of Talbot Edwards — the Keeper of the Jewels.
After securing a private viewing, the gang knocked Talbot out, smashed the Jewels with mallets and stuffed them in their pants to make a run for it. Talbot and his would-be thieves didn’t get too far, with several guards reportedly tackling them off their horses. Blood lucked out, however, as King Charles II was so amused by the attempt, he pardoned Thomas and let him retire on a nice spot of land in Ireland.
It was simpler time. A better time.