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Massive gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum…..


BERLIN (AP) — Thieves broke into the German capital’s Bode Museum before dawn Monday and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions of dollars, police said.

Police spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window about 3:30 a.m. Monday, broke into a cabinet where the “Big Maple Leaf” coin was kept, and escaped with it before police arrived.

A ladder was found by nearby railway tracks.

The three-centimeter (1.18-inch) thick coin, with a diameter of 53 centimeters (20.9 inches), has a face value of 1 million Canadian dollars ($750,000). By weight alone, however, it would be worth almost $4.5 million at market prices.

Petersen would not comment on whether authorities had surveillance video of the crime, but said police assume more than one person was involved because of the weight of the coin.

The museum says the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold. It has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and maple leaves on the other.

It was produced in limited quantities by the Royal Canadian Mint to promote a new line of its Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins in 2007. It has been on display at the Bode Museum, on Berlin’s Museum Island, since December 2010.

Berlin museums spokesman Markus Farr said the coin is on loan from a private collection, but would not elaborated.

Detectives specialized in crimes involving art are investigating.

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Multimillion-dollar diamond heist in Brussels…$50 Million


BRUSSELS (AP) — Eight masked gunmen forced their way through the security fence at Brussels’ international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot.
The gang responsible for one of the biggest diamond heists in recent years used two black vehicles with a flashing blue police lights in their daring raid late Monday, said Anja Bijnens, spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor’s office.
“They tried to pass themselves off as police officers,” Bijnens said Tuesday. The robbers, who wore outfits resembling dark police clothing, got away with 120 parcels, mostly containing diamonds but some also holding precious metals.
Police said they found a burnt-out minivan believed to be involved in the robbery near the airport later Monday night.
The heist was estimated at some $50 million in diamonds, said Caroline De Wolf of the Antwerp World Diamond Center. “What we are talking about is obviously a gigantic sum,” De Wolf said.
The robbers forced their way through a perimeter fence, at a place where two work sites obstructed a clear view, Bijnens said. There were no details about how the hole was opened but airport authorities said it must have taken more than simply blasting through it with a vehicle.
The robbers drove up to the Swiss passenger plane some 20 minutes before departure time, brandishing their machine guns. Then they methodically broke into the hold, which was accessed from outside, to choose their loot.
Passengers were unable to see the drama beneath them, said Bijnens.
The robbers finished their clinical operation with a high-speed departure through the same hole in the fence, completing the spectacular theft within barely five minutes, Bijnens said.
Airport spokesman Jan Van Der Cruijsse could not explain how the area could be so vulnerable to theft. “We abide by the most stringent rules,” he said.
The Swiss flight, bound for Zurich and operated by Helvetic Airways, was canceled.
A decade ago the port city of Antwerp, the world capital of diamond-cutting, was the scene of what was probably one of the biggest diamond heists in history, when robbers took precious stones, jewels, gold and securities from the high-security vaults at Antwerp’s Diamond Center, yielding loot that police in 2003 estimated to be worth about $100 million at the time.
Monday’s heist though was a fresh blow to the Antwerp industrial diamond center which prides itself on security and discretion.
“This is causing quite some unrest,” said De Wolf. “It was incredible how easy it all went. This is worrying in terms of competitiveness, since other diamond centers are ready to pounce and take over our position.”
Antwerp’s Diamond Center stands in the heart of the high-surveillance diamond district where police and hundreds of cameras work around the clock, and security has been beefed up further since the spectacular 2003 robbery. Shipments to the airport leave aboard armored trucks on an almost daily basis.
The shipment was not extraordinary, since on any given day, some $200 million in polished and rough stones go through the Antwerp diamond center.
Monday’s parcels contained rough and polished stones heading for Switzerland, where many of the 120 parcels were intended for different handlers.
The insurance for air transport — handled sometimes by airlines themselves or external insurance companies — is usually relatively cheap because it’s considered to be the safest way of transporting small high value items, logistics experts say.
Unlike a car or a truck, an airplane cannot be waylaid by robbers once it’s on its way, and it is considered to be very secure before the departure and after the plane’s arrival because the aircraft is always within the confines of an airport — which are normally highly secured.
Philip Baum, an aviation security consultant in Britain, said the robbery was worrying — not because the fence was breached, but because the response did not appear to have been immediate. That, he said, raised questions as to whether alarms were ringing in the right places.
“It does seem very worrying that someone can actually have the time to drive two vehicles onto the airport, effect the robbery, and drive out without being intercepted,” Baum said.

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High-Tech Thieves Rob Berlin Bank Vault…..


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The thieves started by renting a small garage unit, where they began tunneling, according to the BBC’s Lucas de Jong (video). Then, over the course of several months, they used special machinery to dig a 100-foot tunnel leading into the safe deposit room of Berliner Volksbank.

All the while, nobody on the surface had any idea what was happening. On Monday, the thieves made their move, taking valuables and cash from more than 100 safe deposit boxes. One estimate in The Mirror said more than $15 million was stolen, but the police are still trying to determine what valuables were in the vault. Then the thieves lit a fire in the tunnel to cover their tracks.

The thieves used special equipment to bore a cloverleaf-shaped entrance through a thick concrete wall and then they painstakingly dug dirt and sand out of the way. The sophisticated tunnel they constructed as they went is three feet wide and even has ceiling supports, the Associated Press reported. German police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told the press that the raid was “very professional.”
The police continue to investigate and just released a sketch of a man who’d been seen around the area and showed reporters the tunnel. The police sketch seriously looks like a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character. This even sounds like a Sherlock Holmes case involving burrowing bank thieves. Maybe one will get caught trying to sell a unique carbuncle.

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$2 million in gems, gold stolen from Calif. museum……


California investigators searched Monday for thieves who made off with an estimated $2 million in precious gems and gold from a mining museum in the Sierra Nevada foothills during a brazen daytime robbery.
But they didn’t get away with the biggest prize of all — the nearly 14-pound Fricot Nugget, a giant crystalline gold mass unearthed in the Gold Rush era.
During their attempt to grab the massive nugget, the robbers triggered an alarm that alerted authorities who swarmed the museum but were unable to nab the thieves.
At least two robbers wearing hoods and armed with pickaxes threatened workers during the heist Friday at the California Mining and Minerals Museum in Mariposa, the California Highway Patrol said.
No suspects have been identified.
The two museum employees who were onsite during the crime were not injured, but they remained shaken from the experience, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which operates the facility, said in a news release.
Officials have closed the museum while they repair display cases and other items damaged by the robbers. Meanwhile, the parks department was busy conducting an inventory of the stolen items.
The heist was more bad news for the beleaguered museum, which is home to more than 13,000 artifacts. It was previously on a state list of facilities being considered for closure to help save money.
Authorities said the unique pieces taken would be easily identified, which could make it difficult for the robbers to sell them.
“It is uncommon for most citizens to possess such minerals,” the CHP said in a statement.
It was the second heist this year of rare, valuable metals in Northern California. In February, thieves made off with large chunks of gold that were on display in a Siskiyou County courthouse.
Investigators were trying to determine if there is a connection between the two heists.

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DQ Clerk Shoots Robber That Was Armed With a Samurai Sword


This is a classic case of ‘when seconds count, the police are minutes away’; and yet again, the 2nd Amendment allowed the innocent folks to walk away unharmed, while the perpetrator was carried away in a body bag. And rightly so, as the individual that attempted to rob the Las Vegas Dairy Queen was wielding a samurai sword …which isn’t exactly a pocket carry Swiss Army Knife. The KLAS-TV Las Vegas website has the story:
A masked man attempting to rob a Dairy Queen with a samurai sword was shot in the chest and killed, according to Metro Police.

The incident happened around 12:19 p.m. Sunday at the Dairy Queen on South Maryland Parkway near Karen Avenue. Police say they believe the clerk fired at the man a total of two times.”
Perhaps the most amusing part about this report is that the robber apparently figured he was armed well enough to get away with it. It turns out that even if you bring a sword to a gunfight, you will still lose to a concealed carry permit holder.

However, it seems that because there was a responsible gun owner behind the counter, nobody was hurt (except for the robber, but he doesn’t exactly count at this point). Of course, the report has to say,

Police say the shooting appears to have been in self-defense. No charges have been filed against the clerk at this time.”

That police statement must have been issued by Captain Obvious, especially given the nature of the blade. There is little debate that a responsible gun owner saved the day …however, what the report seemed to leave out is what caliber was used in the shooting. Dropping the threat with only 2 shots is quite the task, and many 2nd Amendment patriots may wish to settle the 9mm-.40S&W-.45ACP debate once and for all.

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St. Petersburg, Florida man used his lawfully concealed pistol to save himself and his girlfriend


Police say that a concealed carry permit holder and his girlfriend went out to eat at the Applebee’s restaurant located on the 4700 block of 4th St North, but found the parking lot was full, forcing them to park just North of the restaurant in a dark area. Upon getting out of the vehicle, a masked and armed robber reportedly rushed towards the woman, at which point her boyfriend yelled for her to duck, according to news reports. Acing in defense of his girlfriend and himself, the concealed carry permit holder drew and fired his .380 pistol, striking the robber and ending the attack, police say. The permit holder is said to have flagged down a passing police officerwho apprehended a wounded suspect – who reportedly had a loaded .25 caliber pistol in his possession. Neither the permit holder nor his girlfriend were harmed, and the suspect faces attempted armed robbery charges, police say.

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