Wealthy Italian playboy Valerio Viccei leads Knightsbridge Security Deposit robbery

Wealthy Italian playboy Valerio Viccei leads Knightsbridge Security Deposit robbery

Wealthy Italian playboy Valerio Viccei leads Knightsbridge Security Deposit robberyOn this day in 1987, Italian born Valerio Viccei led the Knightsbridge Security Deposit robbery, considered to be one of the biggest robberies ever committed. The son of a lawyer, Viccei initially set out to go into politics. Studying philosophy in college Viccei was influenced by neo-fascist Gianni Nardi, and later joined the youth group Fronta Della Giuventu, where he defaced public buildings with swastikas and bombed public places. When he arrived in London, Viccei was already wanted in Italy for over 50 robberies. A young playboy, Viccei modeled himself after Al Pacino’s character in Scarface, looking to go down in history as the perpetrator of one of the world’s greatest robberies. Befriending banker Parvez Latif over a cocaine habit, the two began to formulate a crime. Parvez was the managing director of the Knightsbridge Security Deposit Center and orchestrated how the duo could steal safety deposit boxes. Parvez and Viccei walked into the security deposit center and requested to rent a box. Once inside they pulled out handguns and were able to steal £60 million worth of goods (equivalent to £160 million in 2017.) When the police arrived an hour later, the two were gone. Through forensics, the crime was traced back to Viccei over a bloody fingerprint. The police were able to arrest many of Viccei’s accomplices, but Viccei fled to Latin America. Later that year Viccei returned to London to pick up his Ferrari Testarossa when police were notified he was in the country, they arrested him, and he was soon sentenced to 22 years. As for living out his dream of being Scarface Viccei was killed in a shootout at the prison in 2000.