When the armored car set off Brussels airport carrying $ 50 million worth of gems from the Antwerp Diamond District, 8 gunmen know all about it.
, Said: "We are just the safest place in Belgium Antwerp World Diamond Centre spokesman Caroline wolf.
Thieves no doubt, once the Swiss flight LX789 is parachuted into Zurich on the road Monday night, the diamonds hidden in its hold, it will be too gem night to get their hands on.
But the 25 kilometers of the airport fence and diamonds on the tarmac in an armored car stays the Fokker 100 twin-engine jet - now held potential.
Rain, snow, sleet and black ice, after a few weeks of Monday night finally good, because it goes to the late winter in Belgium. Crisp, cold air means dry road on a perfect holiday for those in need of stealth and early winter darkness blessing.
Police wearing dark clothing and hoods, thieves set off the machine guns and stop the pilots and transport security personnel in their tracks.
"They did not see," said on Tuesday, the Brussels prosecutor's office of the Anya Bijnens. Thief "never open shot. They never hurt anyone cheap Arnold Palmer sunglasses
Fast, accurate thieves to open the cargo hold of the aircraft, picked up 120 parcels, and load them into the car.
"Later, they did a high-speed trip Bijnens said, estimated that the entire operation took five minutes
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The clockwork precision of the robbery, is a direct guess the thieves had help from the inside. Bijnens only say the investigation is still in progress.
Embarrassed to leave the airport officials to explain thieves how can so successfully achieved, staged a robbery, do a clean holiday. Diamond industry officials cited that the Hao security trade also distressed.
"It seems very worrying that someone could have enough time to drive two cars to the airport, the impact of the robbery, the expulsion will not be intercepted," Baum said, terrorists have taken advantage of this error, as well as raising the specter.
Air transport is considered to be the safest way to transport small, high-value items, logistics experts, a fact that reflects the relatively cheap insurance policy. The aircraft is unlikely to be highway robbery robber with a car or truck, once it is in motion. It is also considered to be very safe, because the aircraft always prior to departure and arrival airport.
"We are talking about is obviously a huge number," DeWolfe said, given the $ 50 estimated million.
A decade ago, Antwerp was hit in the history of one of the largest diamond robbery. Robbers disable the alarm system, precious stones, jewelry, gold and securities from 123 160 high-security vaults in the Antwerp Diamond Centre. The booty is so rich thieves had to leave it behind, police said, it is estimated that the 2003 robbery worth about 100 million U.S. dollars cheap sunglasses
Monday's robbery is a fresh blow to Antwerp's main industry, which lead to thought the TAG itself on discretion and security.
"This has led to some unrest," de Wolfe said. "This is unbelievable, all this is how easy it is to go. Worrying competitiveness, because the other diamond centers ready to pounce, and take our stand."
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