Location: Kennedy International Airport.
The Target: Cargo
from the Lufthansa Airline amounting to $5.0 million in cash and $850,000
in jewelry making it the largest cast robbery in United States History.
The Gang: They were
known as "Robert's Lounge Crew." It consisted of eight men who all
specialized in theft and hijacking.
Planning: Using an insider, they knew exactly
how to get into the cargo area and how many men would be working that day.
The insider was employed for many years at Lufthansa Airlines and had valuable
knowledge on the number of security guards, alarm systems, and police response.
The insider would be the key to their success.
Strategy: On the day of the heist, a van and
a passenger car was used to drive into the airport. Four men jumped out of
the van while two stayed behind as look-outs. The four men went inside with
guns and tied up all of the employees as well as the security guard. The passenger
car was on standby and designated the "crash car." He was responsible
for confusing the police in case they were discovered. The crash car would
drive off in order for the van to get away. After the people were tied up
and secured, they disarmed the alarm system and the van backed into the warehouse.
They loaded up and took off. The money was transferred to a waiting "transport
car." The van and the "crash car" were taken to a junkyard
and destroyed. Although they used guns during the heist, not a single person