We've all seen heists in popular films, but no one expects them to be actually taking place in real life in 2018. But lo and behold, on November 20 the Royal Portland Tiara, belonging to the British royal family, was stolen from its display case in Nottinghamshire, England.
As reported by Bustle, the massive tiara was being kept at the Portland Collection Gallery at the Welbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. On Tuesday night that week, shortly before 10 pm, a group of thieves armed with power tools was able to break through the glass case that the tiara was displayed in.
While they proceeded to steal the tiara and a diamond brooch made from the same jewels as the tiara, alarms blared in the background, and police were quickly dispatched to the location. Unfortunately, security guards at the Welbeck Estate were unable to enter the gallery room before the thieves made their escape.
"Security services missed the thieves by 90 seconds and the police arrived on the scene two minutes later," a spokesperson for the Welbeck Estate said of the robbery.
The thieves escaped in what is believed to be a silver Audi S5, which was later found abandoned and burnt approximately a 30-minute drive away from the estate, and with no hint as to where they fled to next.