Antwerp Perps

It wasn’t quite Tuesday, but it WAS Belgium, and somehow there was a mixup with the script —what was supposed to be filmed as  a 1960’s travel farce ended up being staged as a heist flick instead.

Armed robbers have pulled off a spectacular heist at Brussels airport, making off with millions of euros worth of diamonds.  Eight masked gunmen forced their way through the security fence at Brussels’ international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some €50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Zurich- bound plane without firing a shot.  The robbers, who wore outfits resembling dark police clothing, got away with 120 parcels, mostly containing diamonds but some also holding precious metals.  VRT public television initially spoke of the haul being worth 350 million euros ($465 million), but later changed their figures to 50 million euros.

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This crime is likely to go unsolved, for two reasons.  First is the well-deserved reputation of the Belgian police as among the least competent in Northern Europe (see Marc Dutroux, etc.).   Hell, Belgians cain’t even hunt feral hogs!  The second reason has to do with the perpetrators themselves.  Although the usual suspects might seem be some of those Serbian/ Montenegran jewelry bandits who have plagued Europe for the last decade, Lunghu thinks it’s more likely to be a team based further in a Da Sha South-Southeast direction from Brussels:  like Haifa, for instance.  Yep, Lunghu is pointing the finger at Mossad, who have had a bad week in the news [Prisoner X] up until now.   So although €50 million is just a drop of fresh water into the Dead Sea when it comes to Israel’s overall $10 billion budget deficit for 2013, this haul should make a nice cushion for any impending cuts in Mossad’s operating budget.

Just a hint to Europol and anyone else who’s interested: look for Australian, Kiwi, Canadian and French passports on your airline manifests.

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