$500 Million Heist Foiled in London

Would-be thieves crashed a bulldozer into London's Millennium Dome on Nov. 7, hoping to snatch $500 million worth of diamonds-including the spectacular 203-ct. De Beers Millennium Star. The robbers planned to make their getaway in a speedboat waiting on the Thames River. It would have been the world's largest robbery, but the diamonds were already gone from their tented exhibition arena, and Scotland Yard was waiting. Officers disguised as cleaners overpowered the robbers, and a dozen men were arrested without a shot fired. Tipped off by police, dome officials had replaced the gems with crystal fakes. De Beers officials say the pear-shaped Millennium Star is arguably the most perfect large diamond in the world. Four men were arrested after trapping themselves in the vault that usually houses the diamonds. Police picked up another near a speedboat on the river, and a sixth man on the
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