The Antwerp Diamond Heist
Dubbed “The Heist of the Century,” Leonardo Notarbartolo led a gang known as ‘La Scuola di Torino that plundered over $100 million of gold, diamonds and jewellery from the The Antwerp Diamond Centre over a two day period in February 2003.
Notarbartolo, posing as an Italian diamond merchant, rented an office in the building two years prior to the heist. He had 24-hour access to the building as well as a personal security box within the vault itself. His gang raided 123 of the 160 security boxes. The diamonds were never recovered.
Leonardo Notarbartolo, who has since somewhat dubiously claimed he was hired as part of an insurance fraud, was apprehend and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is currently out on parole.