Story in One Sentence:
One safe. Ten Hours. $100 million in diamonds.
In February 2003,
Leonardo Notarbartolo was arrested for heading a ring of Italian thieves.
They were accused of breaking into a vault two floors beneath the Antwerp
Diamond Center and making off with at least $100 million worth of loose
diamonds, gold, jewelry, and other spoils. The vault was thought to be
impenetrable. It was protected by 10 layers of security, including
infrared heat detectors, Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic
sensor, and a lock with 100 million possible combinations. The robbery was
called the heist of the century, and even now the police can't explain
exactly how it was done.
The loot was never found,
but based on circumstantial evidence, Notarbartolo was sentenced to 10
years. He has always denied having anything to do with the crime and has
refused to discuss his case. This is the true and mostly untold story of
how he did it.