15 of the most infamous heists and robberies in Scottish history

Scotland has seen its fair share of high-profile cases.

By Sarah Wilson
Monday, 14th October 2019, 11:24 am
Scotland's most infamous thefts and robberies.

From art heists to jewellery shop raids, here are 15 of the most infamous robberies and thefts Scotland has seen over the past few decades.

Some debate whether this was a theft at all, seen as the stone was originally taken by the English - but on Christmas Day 1950 four students removed the Scottish Stone of Scone from Westminster and brought it back to Scotland.
In broad daylight at Drumlanrig Castle in 2003 some thieves posing as tourists stole a Leonardo Da Vinci painting worth 30m. The painting was recovered in 2007.

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Armed men stormed into Edinburghs Hamilton and Inches jewellery shop in 2014 and stole watches and gem-studded jewellery worth 1.35m. They were convicted in 2015.
Rare and extremely valuable medieval coins were stolen from the National Museum of Scotland in 2015. Some blamed the staff strike that had been held not long before the theft, saying thieves had seized an opportunity.
Dumfries museum suffered a devastating blow in 2014 when robbers stole around 34,000 pounds worth of items including curler Rhona Martins Olympic gold medal.
One of Scotland's biggest ever robberies, a gang struck Securitas' Altens depot in Aberdeen in 1998, taking 1.2m in cash. They escaped and in spite of a high-profile Crimewatch feature, they have never been caught.
In July 1955 Glasgow saw the city's first professional bank robbery when a British Linen bank was robbed by a gang of London men led by an Australian. Luckily, the perpetrators were caught and tried fairly quickly.
Among other highly valuable items, a diamond collar worth 100k was stolen from the Rox store in Glasgow in 2013. Though staff were shaken up and threatened, luckily nobody was seriously hurt and the culprits were caught by police.
In 1997 three men escaped an Asda supermarket at The Jewel, Edinburgh, with a six figure sum. They drove directly into the shop through a fire exit.
Another more recent Scottish art theft, just a couple of years ago in 2017 a painting of a Piper worth 10k was stolen from a house in East Lothian - the suspect has not yet been found.
Just this year, someone took a medieval bell from an ancient island burial ground on the uninhabited St Finan's Isle. Due to its remote location, the thief was not spotted and there are fears the artefact may not be found.
Another blow to the National Museum of Scotland, in 2014 thieves were somehow able to walk out of the museum with two oak panels dating from the 15th to 16th centuries. The museum blamed budget cuts for low staffing levels.
In one rather bizarre 2018 raid, criminals stole more than 1m worth of metal and wiring from a disused hospital, using a network of disused tunnels to carry out their looting. They even stole a CCTV camera.
These thieves took their operation underwater in 2012 when they stole artefacts from sunken German warships at Scapa Flow, Orkney. They were later fined 18k respectively for the damage.
Perhaps one of the most famous British robberies of all time, The Great Train Robbery took place on a train bound from Glasgow to London in 1963. The gang involved stole 2.6 million pounds from the train.