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Armed robberies these days seem to mirror, or even presage, their mythical Hollywood effigies. Stealing with style seems to be the in-thing. Forget being a handy cracker with a stethoscope and immovable cast iron safe.
If you know how to open a Swiss Fokker 100 Airliner cargo hatch door, in just a few seconds, you could be rolling in it. This is what the Belgium police discovered earlier this week, when a highly-trained professional gang took just three minutes to hold up a Swiss passenger jet, before escaping into the night with $50 million worth of diamonds.
“Belgian police were baffled by a robbery that took place with precision, military timing and apparent insider knowledge, allowing the gang to aim for the delivery of a diamond consignment within a 15-minute time window. Wearing masks, hooded police anoraks and armed with machine guns equipped with laser sights, the robbers struck just before the aircraft was cleared for take-off."
They broke through Brussels’ airport perimeter fence, using a Mercedes and an Audi, around 20 minutes before the Helvetic Airways plane, bound for Zurich, was due to take off. They made a high-speed exit out the same hole they came in through, disappearing into the night. Because many of the diamonds were uncut, the chance of recovering them is slim.
You have to admire the audacity of these guys, pulling off a heist of this magnitude in a time-slot shorter than a cigarette break. Of course, stealing is wrong, but then, who isn’t stealing something somewhere everyday… the corporations, the elite bankers, the meat industry, and not forgetting our own government.
My dire financial straits have me thinking that maybe I should take a course in aircraft engineering, or hydraulic-seal manufacturing. You never know when something like that might come in handy!
If there are any rough diamonds out there going spare, well you know…