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Robbery is part of the top crimes even during the beginning of civilization. This is the reason why a lot of laws, ordinances and policies were created to make sure that this type of crime would be eliminated from different societies. In this section, you will find the largest heist that was listed in the history. This robbery is something that is extraordinarily different from the usual ones due to the amount of money involved and the span of time that were spent for the crime.

Stephane Breitwieser

The largest heist in the history of mankind is the one that was committed by Stephane Breitwieser between the period of 6 years from 1995 and 2001. The robbery that he has committed can be accounted to an estimated value of 1.4 billion US dollars. This is equivalent to 239 artworks and other items from the exhibit. This happened within the period of 6 years and according to the theft, he steals an item after 15 days. This is the estimated interval of his activity. He was able to steal from 172 museums. These museums and exhibit venues are all located in Europe and he was able to steal while he is travelling. With the number of time that he stole items and the number of museums that were involved, you can really consider this stealing spree as the largest heist.

Stephane's Portrait

Stephane is a waiter and he is considered as the most consistent theft because of his patterned robbery. In this robbery case that happened for a very long period of time, the theft did not steal anything in order to gain profit. His main intention in taking all those artworks is to build his own personal collection. His focus is to take those that are created during the 16th and the 17th century. He was caught by the police and during his trial; he admitted that he is someone who loves to enjoy art. He also said that everything that he has taken was all brought to his home.

Stephane Breitwieser's most famous shot

And what is amazing about this theft is his ability to memorize all the different artworks that he was able to take from the different museums. 

Sybille, Princess of Cleves painting

During the trial of Stephane Breitwieser, he often interrupted when they were reading the different titles and names of the items that he has stolen. He corrected the person reading the paper many times. This only shows that he is well versed about the different artworks that he has taken. He started taking artworks in March 1995 when he visited the medieval castle in Germany with his girlfriend. The very first artwork that he has taken is a painting that was created by Christian Wilhelm Dietrich. According to him, he has stolen the piece because he was amazed about the beauty that was portrayed in the painting.

Stephane Breitwieser during the trial

Among all the other artworks that he has stolen, the most valuable was Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Sybille, Princess of Cleves. According to experts, when this piece is going to be placed in auction, it can have a value of 5-5.6 million Euros.

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