Engagement Rings and Diamonds in the News - The Flomenbaum Heist

Engagement Rings and Diamonds in the News - The Flomenbaum Heist

In 2007 a man known as Carlos Hector Flomenbaum pulled off a heist in which he single handedly stole $28 million worth of diamonds from ABN Amro Bank, Antwerp, Belgium. This man has become known as ‘Flomenbaum’ (his real name is not known). He looked like a successful businessman and visited the bank on many occasions over many years. He also made friends with a lot of the staff and charmed them with chocolates and gifts. Obviously, soon enough he was very popular with the bank staff and ultimately earned their trust, and with that trust came his very own VIP pass card to the vault.

engagement rings and diamonds in the news the abn amro bank heist The ABN Amro Bank in Antwerp where Flomenbaum walked out of the front door with 120,000 carats of diamonds.
engagement rings and diamonds in the news a huge amount of diamonds stolen Flomenbaum must have been in a similar situation to this image, 120,000 carats is a lot of diamonds to carry!

At ABN Amro Bank, certain privileged customers were given pass cards to be able to access their diamonds from the vault as and when they pleased. Then in March 2007 Flomenbaum entered the vault with his pass and strolled out of the front door with 120,000 carats worth of diamonds! (Unfortunately, I’m willing to bet with a few cherished engagement rings as well).

Engagement Rings and Diamonds in the News - The Flomenbaum Heist - What about the Security?

Never mind the $2 million ABN Bank security system - this was not an issue for Flomenbaum as he was given the pass card! Bizarrely enough, it was later found that he had used a fake passport when signing up. No one could believe that someone without a legitimate ID such as a passport could get past the background checks needed for a pass card.

Included in the $28 million robbery were some amazing diamond colours, 41 rare blue diamonds and 2 very rare green diamonds. Now they would make 43 stunning white gold engagement rings I think!

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