Notorious Antwerp Heist Thief Caught With Rough GoodsJuly 21, 09
Leonardo Notarbartolo, the man found guilty of being the mastermind thief behind an
According to local press,
Notarbartolo, 57, was convicted in 2005 of masterminding the theft of approximately €100 million in rough and polished diamonds, jewelry and other goods from 123 of the 160 safes in the basement of the Grunberger building vault in
At the time, it was understood that much of the stolen goods were not insured. The stolen diamonds were never recovered.
Three other accomplices - Ferdinando Finotto, Elio D’Onorio and Pietro Tavano - were sentenced to five years in jail and fined €5,000. In addition, all four were ordered by the court to pay an additional €4.5 million in damages to the civil plaintiffs.
Apparently, Notarbartolo had been recently released from jail, after serving four years.
Accompanying him in the car were two
According to Foti, the seized goods are worth €13,000 - €18,000 and Notarbartolo will act immediately to have them returned to him. Foti said he does not believe the diamonds are part of the stolen loot, “however, an expert will analyze them and solve the problem,” he told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.