NEW YORK -- The $8 million theft from the Sentry Armored Car depot may be the biggest cash robbery in Amercian history but it is far from the $400 million world's record.
The biggest robbery ever is considered to be the looting of the Reichsbank following the collapse of Nazi Germany in 1945 when negotiable securities valued at $400 million were stolen.
Another big robbery occurred during a time of turmoil -- the 1976 Lebanese civil war when bandits ransacked safety deposit boxes in the vaults at the British Bank of the Middle East. No firm figure has been given for the robbery, but officials have put the value of the stolen contents at between $20 million and $50 million.
The largest train robbery in history occurred Aug. 8, 1963, when a British postal train from Glasgow, Scotland, was ambushed by 11 men. The gang escaped with 120 mailbags containing 2.6 million pounds. That translated into more than $6 million in 1963 dollars.
Major robberies in U.S. history:
-$5.8 million in cash and jewels was taken from a Lufthansa cargo facility at Kennedy International Airport by six gunmen Dec. 11, 1978.
-$3.3 million in cash was taken by four gunmen from the First National Bank of Arizona in Tucson, April 22, 1981, in the nation's biggest bank robbery.
-$2.7 million was stolen in the 1950 robbery of a Brink's counting room in Boston by 11 gunmen.
-$2.47 million cash was taken from a parked Brink's armored car in New York City's borough of Staten Island in December 1978.
-$2 million robbery from a Brink's armored car at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York in August 1979.
-$1.85 million in cash was stolen from a Brink's armored car at San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 15, 1980.
-$1.6 million was taken but immediately recovered following the ambush of a Brink's armored car at a shopping mall near Nyack, N.Y., Oct. 20, 1981, by fugitive members of the radical Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army. Two police officers and a guard were killed.
-$1.5 million was taken from a Plymouth, Mass., bank in 1952.