In one of the craziest jewelry heists to go down in recent history, eight armed thieves made off with $50 million worth of diamonds and precious stones on the tarmac of a Brussels airport late Monday. The Associated Press reports the following:
"About 20 minutes before the flight's scheduled 8:05 p.m. departure, the robbers hid in a construction site outside the airport fence. Then they apparently cut through the fence and, in two black cars with blue police lights flashing, drove onto the tarmac, speeding straight to pier A, where the armored car had just finished transferring the diamonds to the Fokker.
Dressed in dark police clothing and hoods, the thieves whipped out machine guns and stopped the pilots and the transport security crew in their tracks." (More from AP)
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