Thievery, In Brief

lifelockLifeLock promised in ads that its $10 monthly service would protect consumers from identity theft. The company also offered a $1 million guarantee to compensate customers for losses incurred if they became a victim after signing up for the service. The company’s CEO, Todd Davis, was so confident in the LifeLock product that he displayed his social security number in the company’s ubiquitous advertisements. He’s been a victim of identity theft at least 13 times. The company was fined $12 million by the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive advertising.

Santa Ana’s Leg

santa anaMexican general and politician Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón , known simply as Santa Anna used a prosthetic cork leg. During the later Mexican-American War, it was stolen and kept by American troops. Nowadays, the cork leg is displayed at the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield. The Mexican government has repeatedly asked for its return. Santa Anna had a replacement leg made which is displayed at the Museo Nacional de Historia in Mexico City. A second leg, a peg, was also captured and is displayed at the home of Richard J. Oglesby in Decatur, Illinois.

IAEA Reports…уран

According to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) over the past 10 years, 18 cases of theft of enriched uranium or plutonium was recorded.

The Largest Bank Robbery In History

voltHours after the start of the Iraq War, a billion dollars has been stolen from the Central Bank of Iraq.  This event is considered the largest bank robbery in history.

Mona Lisa’s Theft

monaIn the early morning of Monday, Aug. 21, 1911, what is now the world’s most famous painting, the “Mona Lisa,” was stolen from its glass case at the Louvre.  At the time, the Louvre had fewer than 150 guards protecting 250,000 valuable objects, roughly 1,667 valuable objects per guard. It was stolen by an Italian and self-declared artist named Vincenzo Peruggia, who had helped install the glass case surrounding the painting and thus knew its weaknesses. After spending the night in a closet at the museum, Peruggia plucked the painting off the wall and walked out with the 20-by-30-inch masterpiece concealed under his clothing. During the investigation, among the lead suspects was Pablo Picasso, one of the world’s most famous painters.

John Lennon’s Glasses

lennonUsually, on the bench near the statue of John Lennon in Havana, Cuba, sits a specially appointed guard. His task is to put on Lennon glasses or take them off at the request of tourists. This is done in order to prevent theft of the glasses that kept on happening with alarming frequency.

Disappeared Beach

jamaAn entire beach in Jamaica has disappeared overnight. The beach at Coral Springs, in Jamaica’s northern parish of Trelawny, was 400 metres of white sand. The bulk of the sand in the 0.5-hectare beach, of approximately 500 truckloads, was found missing in July 2008. The beach was to form part of a resort complex, but the theft of its most important feature has led to its developers putting their plans on hold. Illegal sand mining is a problem in Jamaica; the local tradition of people building their own homes has caused a huge demand for construction material.

The Goiânia accident


The Goiânia accident was a radioactive contamination accident that occurred on September 13, 1987, at Goiânia, in the Brazilian state of Goiás, after an old radiotherapy source was stolen from an abandoned hospital site in the city. It was subsequently handled by many people, resulting in four deaths. About 112,000 people were examined for radioactive contamination and 249 were found to have significant levels of radioactive material in or on their bodies. (Wikipedia).

Good To Know…

clip-art-magic-tricksMagic tricks are not covered by the copyright law. This means that you can steal them with impunity.