Theft is wrong, morally. It’s one of the basic tenants of being a “good” person – don’t take things that don’t belong to you. It’s also disturbingly common. While some theft is petty, like shoplifting a fancy lipstick, and some is for survival like stealing food, a lot of it is just bad people taking instead of earning. That said, it’s still sometimes really…impressive…both the ability to steal large objects and the determination of those who dare to. Here are 25 Biggest Things Ever Stolen.
Cattle & Sheep
In June of 2015, 75 head of cattle and 25 sheep were stolen from an Irish farm. Not only is that impressive and weird, it’s also costly. They were taken from a small farm, where many of the animals had been born and raised; small family farms generally cannot handle a financial hit like that. It was the biggest single theft of livestock ever in the Republic of Ireland. How do you not notice someone taking 75 cattle?
Cast Iron Building Facade
In June of 1974, a 126-year-old cast iron building facade weighing around 4 tons was stolen in New York. It had been disassembled for preservation, and the theft was only discovered because the thieves were caught trying to take the last piece. They were from the Bogardus Building, which stood in what is now Tribeca. Sadly, the building and the intersection in which it stood are no longer there.
An Entire Orthodox Church
An entire Orthodox Church was stolen in Russia in 2008. Apparently locals from a nearby village dismantled the abandoned church brick by brick and sold the bricks to a businessman. One day a priest showed up, and the church wasn’t there. Words like “Grave Sin” and “Blasphemy” were thrown around.
Ronald McDonald Statue
A 250 pound, life size, Ronald McDonald statue (complete with bench) was stolen from a McDonald’s in New Jersey in late April 2017. The biggest question here is not how or why, but rather…life size Ronald McDonald? So the same size as the Ronald McDonald clown is…in real life?
$100 Million Worth of Diamonds, Gold, & Jewelry
The largest amount of diamonds, gold, and jewelry ever stolen was arguably the Antwerp Diamond Heist. The thieves hit the heart of Belgium’s diamond district, stealing over $100 million dollars worth of stuff, bypassing some of the most high tech alarms in the world, and opening over 100 safe deposit boxes to do so.