If James Bond stole art, his thefts would go a little like this one.
In December 2000, a trio of heavily armed masked men decided to finish off the millennium with a bang by raiding the Swedish National Museum, taking off in a speed-boat tied to the outside of the waterfront museum with two Renoirs and one Rembrandt — loot worth $30 million.
Meanwhile, their accomplices had set off two car bombs, and scattered tire spikes elsewhere in Stockholm to distract the authorities from their colleagues pulling off their stunt successfully in under an hour, brandishing submachine guns.
The news made a splash later when eight men were convicted for the heist, and all three paintings have since been recovered.
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