10 of the Boldest Thieves in History

Be it art museums, trains, banks, businesses or exotic jewels, nothing is spared from an artful robber. While most get caught (thanks to smart detectives), some outsmart the rob places like they are performing. Here are 10 of the boldest thieves in history.

#1. Bonnie and Clyde

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Most of us have grown up with Bonnie and Clyde references in pop culture but not all of us know of the havoc they wrecked during the great depression era. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Elizabeth Parker along with their gang of robbers robbed over dozen or more banks, smaller and rural gas stations. They have had their own share of popular culture as well as found mention in a song by Beyonce and Jay-Z.

#2. Jeanne de Valois- Saint- Remy

Also known as Comtesse de la Motte, she was a French thief who orchestrated a brilliant plan to live the lavish lifestyle she needed. She made the “king” buy an exquisite necklace for the queen which never reached her. She was later arrested but escaped disguised as a boy.

#3. Thomas Blood

Who would want to steal from the royal palace? Apparently, an Irish man named Thomas blood was up to the task of stealing the royal jewels from the Tower of London and came up with a hilarious plan that included lots of fake performances, relatives and aristocrats. Once they gained access, they knocked down the guards, they smashed the jewelry and broker the scepter into two so that they could carry it easily. Unfortunately, they were caught but King Charles II was so impressed that he gifted Blood a title and an estate.

#4. Joeseph Grizzard- the jewel thief

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Grizzard was the most notorious jewel thief of his era. The man had wealth and status and stealing jewels was his hobby and yet he could never be caught. In 1913, he stole a necklace of ultra-rare matched pink pearls by what looked like a magic trick. The necklace was called ‘Mona Lisa of the pearls’ and Grizzard was obviously fascinated. He stole the necklace from within a sealed box and replaced it with French sugar cubes.

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