The Hatton Garden Safety Deposit was robbed, in London, England over the Easter weekend. The burglars took off with over £200 million. According to CNN, the burglars climbed down in an elevator shaft from an office next door and used heavy equipment to break thorough a thick wall to get to the 70 deposit boxes they emptied. The world became instantly fascinated with the story. Speculation by the water cooler on who the robbers were and how they managed to pull off the job became the standard for the next few days. Listening to the endless speculations made me wonder about the reason for the excitement. Why are we so fascinated with robbers? Are they not the bad guys?

The experts have opinions about the matter. According to The Atlantic, the gentleman art thief with an exquisite taste can steal people’s heart. Also, the victimless crime without any violence attached to it builds a reputation both in real life and in the movies. People seem to romanticize a heist that probably effects the richest members of society only.

Having seen the movies and read some books, I have a different theory. I think that people admire the ability to mastermind a robbery and execute it according to the plan. Of course, nobody admires the robbers’ moral standards. Being a thief is not an admirable occupation. After all, it is wrong to take what does not belong to a person. Morality aside, the participants’ ability to outsmart the experts’ modern technological devices and their safeguards are difficult to overlook. The experts plan their safety devices in anticipation of all possible scenarios that the robbers may apply. They have knowledge, money and technology on their side, as well as the cooperation of owners and managers of the property. Still, the robbers outsmart them. The robbers have to sneak around, stake out the place and perhaps find somebody trustworthy inside who is willing to share information. They have to plan the impossible mission based on a creative and clever idea that none of the experts have thought of. They need to think outside the box in order to get into those deposit boxes. To be a sophisticated robber takes intelligence, ingenuity, intuition, cooperation and, meticulous and patient preparation. I believe that we admire the robbers for all of these qualities. Admiration does not have to do with being a gentleman art expert or the ability to rob the rich people. It has to do with the skillset that very few people possess in life!

I am certain that in a few years a writer will tell the story of the Hatton Garden robbery. Soon after, the movie makers will have a burning desire to tell the true story of one of the biggest heist and the audience will love it! We cannot help, but admire the talent!

M. J. Mandoki