Diamond Heist of the Year!!

Today’s post is something that would seem a scenario taken directly out of a movie.   This past Tuesday, it is believed that a group of professional criminals pulled off a once in lifetime multi-million dollar diamond heist that took place last Monday night at Brussels Airport.

According to sources, two vans carrying eight men burst through a fence surrounding the airport’s perimeter and drove up to a Brinks van, which has just finished loading diamonds onto a Swiss passenger flight bound for Zurich.

The men, who reportedly were dressed as police and armed with machine guns, then stole 120 parcels of rough and polished diamonds. The Antwerp World Diamond Center (AWDC) valued the diamonds at $50 million, though some Belgian news reports have it as high as $467 million.

Although there were no shots fired during the armed robbery, which took less than five minutes. The men, who were described as “well prepared” for the heist, then escaped. Prosecutors told sources that they could not yet comment on who owned the diamonds.

In a statement issued Tuesday, by AWDC spokeswoman Caroline De Wolf said the Antwerp community was shocked by the brutal heist given the highly secured nature of the city as a diamond hub.

“We find it hard to understand how a robbery such as yesterday’s heist could take place. We are currently awaiting the results of the investigation but we do fear the damage for Antwerp, the world’s leading trade center, is significant,” she said. “We choose to transport goods via airplane, precisely because of the safe and controlled nature of this means of transportation. We do hope additional security measures can be put in place in order to safeguard a fluent and safe transport of diamonds.”

Antwerp remains one of the world’s leading hubs for the import and export of polished diamonds. Figures released last month by the AWDC place the city’s export value for both rough and polished stones in 2012 at $26.7 billion. Imports totaled $25.2 billion.

 

Live, Life, Lamour,

R.Lamour

Breitling, hero of the wild!

Spencer earlier in the trip.

Spencer earlier in the trip.

This story is one that happened a few months ago, but it still unbelievable that a watch, a Breitling at that,  could have made all of the difference and became a life saving device. It all happened during a hunting trip with Mark Spencer and his two friends in the Alaskan wilderness. After embarking on their 10 day trip, within a few hours they came into some difficulty moving upstream to their camp site. Noticing their difficulty and recalling seeing a group of hunters a few hours back, they decided to turn around and get some help.  Spencer, while on his way down decided to let his friends set up camp on the side of the river as he went alone to look for the hunters they passsed along their way up stream.  5hrs after and with no site of the hunters, Spencer came into some even greater difficulty when his boat got caught by the current and pulled into the bridge abutment that, somehow, tore a hole in the cataraft.

“These boats are very durable. I never in a million years would have guessed it would have ripped,” he said.

After being soaked to the bone with the river’s icy 38-degree water, the hunter was forced to start hiking and opted to set off the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) on his Breitling watch. Which im sure he was very happy to buy a in 2008 for a handsome sum of $5500. This Breitling, is equipped with a micro-transmitter that broadcasts on the 121.5 MHz aircraft emergency frequency and is activated by simply unscrewing a protective cap and extending a short antenna. The signal broadcasts for about 48 hours and can be heard as far away as 100 miles.

Fortunately for Spencer, about seven hours later, a Blackhawk helicopter rescue crew, picked up the signal and was able to pinpoint his location,eventually lifted him to safety. The timepiece proved to be even more accurate than a hand-held Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) that Spencer had; the PLB was pointing the search team to a location four miles away.

Physically fine, as are his two friends. The group, which was permitted to hunt an assortment of wild animals, managed to bag two large male caribou despite their trip being cut short.

“When I go out in the backcountry, I always think safety,” he said, which is why he chooses to wear his Emergency Mission watch. “You can lose a bag but if it’s on your wrist unless a bear takes your hand off, chances are you are not going to lose your watch.

“It exponentially improves your chances of making it out alive.”

Interested in purchasing it you can simply go here.

As always, Live, Life, Lamour

R.Lamour