Thieves make off with $50 million worth of diamonds, precious jewels on Brussels tarmac

Belgium Diamond Heists Glance
FILE - This is a Friday Dec. 5, 2008 file photo of f the entrance of the Harry Winston jewelry store near the Champs-Elysees in Paris. While Christmas shoppers strolled outside the posh Harry Winston jewelry shop near Paris' famed Champs-Elysees Avenue in 2008, armed thieves some dressed as women and wearing wigs entered the store and made away with gems and bejeweled watches worth up to $85 million, according to French police. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

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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