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.
Yeah. A man from Gainesville Florida named Eric Prokopi forged papers to take skeleton of a Tyrannosaurs Bataar (close to the T-Rex) out of Mongolia and sell it to a buyer in Manhattan for over a million dollars. The heist was stopped by the FBI in Queens.
Dorthy's Ruby Slippers
Okay, maybe these aren’t the largest object physically ever stolen, but culturally, it’s a big deal. In 2005, the slippers worn by Judy Garland in the iconic film The Wizard of Oz, valued at around $3 Million USD, were stolen in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A Fully Loaded Oil Tanker
Actually, three of them, within the span of a year and a half, all stolen by Somali pirates. They were under the watch of the Nigerian Navy, which leads many to believe that perhaps the Nigerian Navy was in on the heist, which stinks if you’re in any part of the Nigerian Navy because at this point, your organization is either hopelessly corrupt or hopelessly inept.
200 Ton Bridge
In January of 2008, thieves in Russia stole a 200 ton bridge overnight, presumably to sell for scrap metal. That’s just…impressive.
The Empire State Building
Sort of. Well, on paper. In 2008, The New York Daily News, in an effort to show what a joke the city’s record keeping department was, drew up fake documents, with a fake notary stamp, and submitted them to the city to transfer the deed to the building. The point they made? Those oh so important government documents that are so costly to file were not required to be verified by the office of the city register.
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