Theft is wrong, morally. It’s one of the basic tenants of being a “good” person – don’t take things that don’t belong to you. It’s also disturbingly common. While some theft is petty, like shoplifting a fancy lipstick, and some is for survival like stealing food, a lot of it is just bad people taking instead of earning. That said, it’s still sometimes really…impressive…both the ability to steal large objects and the determination of those who dare to. Here are 25 Biggest Things Ever Stolen.
90,000 Pounds of Manhole Covers
In 1990, a man in LA stole 300 manhole covers. The covers weigh up to 300 lbs each, and he was selling them for scrap for around $6 ea. Let’s see, 300 x 300 = 90,000 pounds of manhole covers for potentially $1,800 in profit. That seems like a difficult way to go about things.
Specifically, Sue, the largest and most intact T-Rex ever found. In 1990, a group of workers from the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota found Sue. It’s important to note that before she was completely removed from the ground, the Black Hills Institute paid $5,000 for Sue and the permission to remove her. Other dinosaurs and fossils had been removed from the area beforehand with no argument. This was fine and dandy, until Maurice Williams, the man who lived on the Indian Reservation Sue was taken from, realized how valuable Sue was, and stole her back via the Government. They literally showed up with warrants and took her, and the judge said they couldn’t take her because he ruled she was land, not a person property of Williams. She was then returned to Williams who sold her for many millions of dollars. It’s still stealing if the Government does it, as laws don’t determine morality. You can find out more of Sue’s story in the documentary Dinosaur 13. She’s now on display in the Field Museum in Chicago, despite being discovered, and lovingly taken out of the earth by the Black Hills Institute.
A Stone Bridge Dating Back to the Qing Dynasty
A stone bridge dating back to the Qing Dynasty was stolen in Shanghai overnight and sold to a garden company in 2012. The bridge was over 100 years old, had been listed as a protected cultural relic in 2008, and was, again, made of stone.
A Huge Chunk of a Beach
Part of a beach – several hundred tons of it – was stolen in Jamaica in 2008. About 500 truck loads worth of sand was stolen from Coral Spring Beach, and police have no idea who took it.
Luxury Yachts: Alter Ego and Zula
In July of 2016, two luxury yachts worth over $4 Million USD were stolen from a marina in Dubai. The yachts, named Alter Ego and Zula, were used for tourist and day trips, and weren’t reported stolen until a week after they disappeared. They are now believed to be in the Philippines, though they are also believed to sometimes be used to drug trafficking in various parts of the world.