24. The Whitworth Gallery Gets Called Out on its Horrible Security
Stolen: Vincent van Gogh, The Fortification of Paris with Houses
Pablo Picasso, Poverty
Paul Gaugin, Tahitian Landscape
Location: Manchester, England
Year: April 2003
Worth: $6.8 million
When this crew of criminals made this art grab, they avoided security cameras, alarms, and guards while stealing three masterpieces from the Whitworth Gallery. They then left behind a thank you note, to the museum for making it so easy. Feds found the pieces behind a subway station toilet a few days later. In between Becky's number for promises of a good time and hilarious obscenities, a note was scrawled by the thieves who promised they didn't intend to actually steal the pieces, they just wanted to bring focus to the terrible security.