In December 2008, four men — three dressed as women — buzzed the intercom of the Harry Winston store in Paris and asked to be let in. Once inside, they brandished a gun and a hand grenade and addressed some of the store's workers by name in French, spoken with, according to The New York Times, "strong Slavic accents."
Over the next 15 minutes, the thieves smashed into jewelry cases and loaded up their bags with $105 million worth of jewelry. Some of the haul was recovered in a 2009 police raid that sent nine people — including the person suspected of masterminding the heist — to jail.
In 2011, some $25 million of the stolen jewelry was found in a rain vent of a home that belonged to one of the people charged with the theft.