In the movie Goodfellas, Jimmy Conway (played by Robert DeNiro) masterminded the Lufthansa Heist (which happened in real life), where the Mafia made off with a fortune. The good times didn’t last long after Conway started killing folks for either being too flashy too soon or he didn’t want to pay them. This scenario kinda played out in real life recently in South Africa. A group of goons made off with £15 million (the equivalent of about $18.7 million) in a heist at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. According to Times Live:
Two days after Christmas in 2001‚ a heavily armed group of men staged a brazen daylight heist at the airport in Johannesburg and escaped with R115 million worth of foreign currency‚ diamonds and jewellery.
The cash was aboard an aircraft‚ destined for delivery to banks in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola‚ at what was then known as Johannesburg International Airport…
…“The robbers forced three security guards to load the cash‚ diamonds and jewellery – which had arrived on a flight from Amsterdam – onto the truck. They shot an airport security guard in one of his legs during their getaway‚” wrote Sunday Times reporter Mzilikazi Wa Afrika at the time.
According to reports, the crew fled to Zimbabwe and proceeded to flaunt their cash in “extravagant spending sprees” which attracted the attention of many. The spending eventually led to the gang’s downfall. Since March 7, five suspects have been rounded up by police, including an active police officer. One of the suspects is an escaped convict who was serving 15 years for armed robbery. The fifth suspect (who cannot be named at the moment) and suspected mastermind behind the heist was picked up after he posted pictures of himself on social media with a brand new, white Lamborghini.
The laws were able to recover some of the funds, according to the Daily Mail:
A large amount of cash – in local currency, dollars, pounds and Euros – was recovered in the weekend raid at the suspect’s home near the capital Pretoria…