$9.3 Million Birkin Bag Stolen At Airport Check-In Counter

$9.3 Million Birkin Bag Stolen At Airport Check-In Counter

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This is a good reminder to not put all your eggs in one Birkin… though I’m guessing if you’re just casually carrying this amount of stuff around, these aren’t all your “eggs” (and thanks to reader Klaus for flagging this)…

Hermès Birkin with millions of dollars of jewels stolen at airport

This incident happened on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). Specifically, a Russian family was queuing at the Emirates check-in counter, and a member of the group had a Louis Vuitton suitcase with an Hermès Birkin bag placed on top of it. I guess they weren’t paying close attention, because two thieves managed to steal it without initially being detected.

Well, the thieves hit the jackpot, as the total value of the belongings was believed to be around €8.5 million. This included an Hermès Birkin encrusted in gold and diamonds, a €4.5 million diamond ring, an €800K BVLGARI watch, a €750K Chanel brooch, €500K diamond earrings, a €250K Tiffany diamond bracelet, a €100K Versace diamond choker, a €45K Chopard watch, €10K in cash, and more.

I mean, WOW. On the one hand, you’d think that you’d guard a bag like this with your life if you’re in public with it. On the other hand, I guess if you’re casually walking around with an €8.5 million bag, then that’s not actually that much money to you. For that matter, perhaps these people were a bit new to flying commercial? Since they were Russian and traveling from the European Union, I imagine a private jet direct to Russia wasn’t an option, hence connecting through Dubai.

There’s no indication that the group traveling with the luggage somehow had nefarious intentions, or that this was intended to be an insurance scam, or something. Rather these just seemed to be very rich Russians.

This incident happened at an Emirates check-in counter

How police caught the two thieves

While the thieves got really lucky with the bag they decided to steal, unfortunately for them, they got caught pretty quickly. Airport police managed to follow the movements of the thieves through the airport. They ended up going to the rental car center, and leaving in a rented car.

Information about the car was then shared with police outside the airport. The pair drove to Girona, and then police managed to locate the vehicle and arrest the thieves within two hours. The bag and its contents were recovered.

I can’t help but wonder if the thieves truly just randomly targeted these people based on their expensive luggage, or if the Emirates passenger had been followed for longer than that, with the thieves knowing just how many valuables the passengers had on them. You’d think that trying to steal in an airport terminal would be risky, given the number of people and cameras, but I guess that didn’t deter these people.

This is a good reminder to always keep a close eye on your belongings at the airport. Many people assume that you’re safe once you get inside the airport terminal, and that because of how crowded airports are, you’re unlikely to have stuff stolen from you. As you can tell, obviously that’s not the case.

The thieves tried to escape in a rental car

Bottom line

Two thieves got really luck when they managed to steal a bag from someone at an Emirates check-in counter at Barcelona Airport. Not only weren’t they initially detected, but they must have stolen one of the most expensive bags ever to be at an airport.

Unfortunately their luck ran out when security camera footage revealed the car in which the thieves drove away, allowing police to track them down.

What do you make of this incident?

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  1. Living payday to payday Guest

    I think it's sad that there are millions of people around the world living in poverty and starving to death yet some people have it so good and don't appreciate what they have, they should try switching places w some of these people who are starving and homeless etc maybe then they'd take better care of an 9.3 million dollar item

    1. Booped Guest

      Yet hail from an 'impoverished' country????

  2. Vera Guest

    Those Russians could never have become so rich without being thieves themselves.

  3. C F Moo Guest

    If you have that much wealth, you would be flying in a private jet or in 1st class where you don't even need to q when checking in.

  4. Hass Awie Guest

    Hmm.. i think it is targetted. But those bag can have its own bling2. Esp if diamond encrusted strap can be a bit "hey i am expensive" the travelling bag is obvious. While check in in some european airport the que to check in desk not fully distinguish between 1st and rest until right at the check in counter row.. but hey ignorant is a bliss. The Russian enter europe must be in same casual manner and i bet with tons more cash

  5. Chen Swee Sang Guest

    It's a good lesson to learn. Tq

  6. Christooher Keefe Guest

    Not surprised that it happened, but I am surprised that the bad guys got caught.
    Here in Los Angeles, purses are stolen and seldom seen again.
    On another note, that is a very
    healthy portion of a rich man's lunch to be carrying around... lots of gems and temptation.
    All in all, the fact that the purse and it's contents were recovered,
    I wouldn't even book the two guys responsible.

    1. Joyce Guest

      These Russian oligarchs chains of families should be persecuted just like Putin. They are very show off anyhow, the police should let it happen, I don't feel sad for These people who has all the luxurious things while most of their compatriots are suffering.

  7. Maria Schowengerdt Guest

    The obvious takeaway here is this: if you steal a bag at an airport, DON'T rent a car; catch a bus, jump off after two stops, catch another and so on until you're free and clear...but...good luck trying to fence a haul like that!

    1. Ron Langer Guest

      Believe me, they would not have any trouble whatsoever. Getting rid of high-end jewelry in this day and age with gold being is expensive as it is, no, no problem at all.

  8. Flying Osprey Guest

    This has to be a fake news story. Wealthy Russians would not be flying commercial airlines through Europe. And nobody, and I mean nobody, would be stupid enough to carry millions of dollars worth of jewels in a designer bag, as well as $10,000 cash. That is completely unbelievable, and incomprehensible. I'm not buying it.

    1. Marc Guest

      I wholeheartedly agree with you...FAKE, FAKE, FAKE

    2. Bertha Guest

      I totally agree this is fake news.

  9. Brianair Guest

    Eh don’t care for the jewelry. Honestly most of it is the product of unethical slave labor and unsustainable manufacturing processes anyways.

  10. Ben Y Guest

    Had to be Barcelona... The one place in Europe where I had my phone stolen, and everyone seems to come back from there with some petty crime story. I know these things happen all over the world, but it really seems out of control in BCN. Also several reports of people being targeted coming off the Mallorca to BCN ferry. Such a shame as it's a great city.

    1. Wolff13 Gold

      Was in Barcelona once and will never return.

  11. Andy Guest

    The picture shows rental cars with New York license plates. The theft took place in Spain? Does this mean that a fleet of New York licensed cars are located in Spain?

  12. Owen O. G. Guest

    The victim is a digital creator and the editor in chief of the perfect magazine and she’s not Russian for your information you can check her out on Instagram and TikTok.

  13. Marcia Guest

    Happened to me one time in Paris.
    “ It happens”

  14. Putin Xi Guest

    No smart thieves. If you rent a car, you would think to have a second getaway car so you can't be followed.

  15. Sakina Guest

    If they had that much loot why weren't they on a chartered plane?

  16. Dee - Viking Executive Protection Solutions Guest

    Unfortunately, people are still hesitant to get executive protection in those cases. They rather risk physical and mental damage because there are several misconceptions.

    It’s expensive: It is more affordable than you think (imagine what you have to pay their therapist now to get over the trauma on top of the loss).
    You can even claim the service for their taxes.

    I don’t need it: Situational awareness is key. Just because we don’t...

    Unfortunately, people are still hesitant to get executive protection in those cases. They rather risk physical and mental damage because there are several misconceptions.

    It’s expensive: It is more affordable than you think (imagine what you have to pay their therapist now to get over the trauma on top of the loss).
    You can even claim the service for their taxes.

    I don’t need it: Situational awareness is key. Just because we don’t see them doesn’t mean they are not there. People are watching just waiting for their time to implement their plans.

    I’m not there yet: we’ll that is what the majority thinks until it is too late.

    Ask yourself: Is your life and peace of mind not worth it? We only have one. There is no “reset” button.

  17. Ted Taylor Guest

    One giant lie. In no way would actual wealth as described be flying commercial with the proletariat. Never. #clickbait #fakenews

  18. Nell Guest

    It is never a good idea for anyone to carry around expensive items while traveling; especially if you don't keep an eye on your valuables. No one likes a THIEF! I don't care how rich a person maybe, they don't deserve to be a victim of theft. God wants us to be kind to each other, not steal from each other. I am sure this was a learning experience for the victims; never flaunt valuable...

    It is never a good idea for anyone to carry around expensive items while traveling; especially if you don't keep an eye on your valuables. No one likes a THIEF! I don't care how rich a person maybe, they don't deserve to be a victim of theft. God wants us to be kind to each other, not steal from each other. I am sure this was a learning experience for the victims; never flaunt valuable items while traveling! You definitely make yourself a target in one capacity or another. I'm surprised they made it to the airport with those pricey items. In the States they would have been a target before leaving their house. Thank God their lives were spared and their merchandise was returned. I hope they can say... LESSON LEARNED.

  19. Caloy Loccz Guest

    If this happened in the Philippines the theives wouldn't even be able to leave the airport with the items they stole. They would have to finish their shift first so it doesn't look obvious

  20. Alexander Guest

    Russians should ban of travel anywhere in the world. Must be trap in their own cage

  21. Aggie Guest

    Should have chartered a private jet .. they were trying to evade paying taxes

    1. Xing Guest

      Private or comercial you still go through security check ...just diferent location ...wtf are you talking about taxes ?? Airports are not tax officers

  22. EllieJ Guest

    Perhaps Dubai is predominantly owned by rich Russians

  23. Moe Guest

    Well done Police. They have done a great job and caught theifs.

  24. YH Yap Guest

    Is it even possible to get thru Spanish Customs with all that?!...

    1. david Sonsino Guest

      Check there phone contacts is Sam Brinton on it case solved

  25. Lala Guest

    What a story. Now a day no photos of tge rich Russian nor the thief! Uh

    I will write a next story!
    God stole 20 million from an Egyptian

  26. Joe Girard Guest

    1) is this a fact or fiction story ?
    2) why would honest people flaunt wealth ?
    3) why fly commercial when you are so rich ?
    4) good, hard-working, honest people don't flaunt

    1. red_robbo Guest

      What a ridiculous comment!
      1) Yes, it's a true story - widely reported in the Spanish media
      2) Why wouldn't they? It may be distasteful, but there's no law against it
      3) Again, is there a law forcing them to fly private? If their destination was Moscow via Dubai, they couldn't fly direct on a private plane anyway due to the embargo.
      4) Words fail me. Get a life....

  27. Emperess Guest

    Who places the value on purses? In my opinion, the Birkin is way over rated. It reminds me of a elderly womans errand bag.

  28. iamhere Guest

    More of the question why not carry it on the plane with you and why do you not have insurance for it. For jewelry and other valuables there is insurance you can get for travel and such movements. On the other hand articles like this show just how this blog has changed over time. It used to be more focused on points and miles. Seems it's more about things like this these days.

  29. Ehud Gavron Guest

    Dubai? Not even relevant. That's a country that arrested a woman truck driver for yelling.

    Stay away from Dubai and blaming the Russians is victim blaming. Where they live or travel to didn't make ripping them off ok.

  30. Peter Pan Jones Guest

    Oligarchs are usually self centered arrogant obnoxious people who got their riches out of corrupt business deals. Kind of like our so called oligarchy president got his wealth from corruption and treasonous activity. We all know how he earned all of his his shady LLC ventures. I pray he is one day locked up and that every dollar he took illegally is taken away from him and his sorry excuse of a son

    1. Guest Guest

      Look closer at your ex-president if you want to see the thief.
      Oligarch

    2. SheelahKaye Guest

      Hahahahaj
      You should write comedy

  31. Dr kildare Guest

    Wow stupid people leaving that kind of luggage and not paying attention is a reminder , don’t be stupid. Watch your luggage and your ass no matter where you are. Flaunting that kind of luggage and jewels is an invitation for a theft to happen. When I travel out if the country I always travel with American Express travelers Checks which are covered 100% if they are stolen.

  32. Kate Guest

    Millions for a Birkin is insane.
    Add to it they were Russians and my sympathy that was zero drops into the negative. There is no good Russian with a Birkin bag and Louis Vuitton luggage, go back and see Papa Putin

  33. Jude Guest

    Sounds to me that even if the bag and its contents ie Jewels were not recovered the owners must have had them insured if not, why were they carrying all this precious cargo in the first place? Surely, the Airport Staff were alerted before as they would have had to go through Security

  34. DerbyDeeduss Guest

    There is so much need in this world. Flaunting wealth is boorish and shows one to be shallow in character and lacking in intellect. If all you are about is of things for showy display that you need to feel important.
    You are in lack of heart ❤️

  35. Angela B Guest

    I can't help but wonder exactly how many people could be housed & fed with that kind of money. Even if I were very wealthy I just can't see myself spending such enormous amounts of money on these types of things. What the hell does a $1,000 purse or shirt really do that a $50 one can't?

    1. GDSK Guest

      The same thing happened to me at the Air France Premier check-in at El Prat Barcelona in 2017, albeit the damages were under 5 figures. The police did not even budge in that specific instance. They asked if I had insurance, gave me a police report for making my claim and sent me on my way. Though I did miss my flight and Air France was kind enough to make all the required changes and provided me with a nice hotel for the night.

  36. Randy Guest

    Why would people need to travel with all those riches? Then not even notice when are stolen?

  37. Theresa Guest

    Totally trust airport security? Nope. Heard so many stories about stolen items from handcarry going through security point. Beware! Keep your money and jewelery on you and if asked to remove, and place in that infamous tray, follow the items like a hawk! Flew back from Europe after a month of being cognizant 24 7, let my guards down at France Airport only to find $1700 US stolen from my purse!

    1. Frodo Baggins Guest

      Airport security could care less if your valuables are stolen. They just take a report and basically tell you , don’t hold your breath waiting for us to find your stolen property.

  38. Kevin Guest

    I won't demean these folks. I agree with the author that if they weren't guarding their stuff with their lives, it isn't that much money to them.

    IMO, to spend that much money on things like that is simply foolish. Ego boosting status symbols are truly ridiculous. No one but other fools care. The envious are fools for being envious. Others who compete for who owns the best are also fools. What good is it at all?

  39. RussiansInDubaiUGH! Guest

    I have also experienced Russians while vesting Dubai and unfortunately they were loud, brash and arrogant. We were staying at the Sheraton on the beach and there were many families lounging and playing in the hotel pool. Three Russian men came, splashing and jumping in the pool, yelling and shouting, almost knocking over kids, and just acting like boorish, cultureless, obnoxious losers. No one said anything to them because frankly they looked crazy. The entire...

    I have also experienced Russians while vesting Dubai and unfortunately they were loud, brash and arrogant. We were staying at the Sheraton on the beach and there were many families lounging and playing in the hotel pool. Three Russian men came, splashing and jumping in the pool, yelling and shouting, almost knocking over kids, and just acting like boorish, cultureless, obnoxious losers. No one said anything to them because frankly they looked crazy. The entire pool emptied and let them have the pool to themselves.

    1. AMD Guest

      A money launderer got stolen from. People who have trouble moving their money thru various countries due to embargos do this to launder their cash and avoid paying the embargos, etc. I'd like to read a follow up in the investigation then then ensued on the oligarch.

  40. Suzette Guest

    I had a client whose passport was picked while in line for check in at OHare. What a nightmare! Had to go and get an emergency passport while her husband left on the cruise and she joined him later missing part of her cruise.

  41. sbslaw Guest

    Does anyone know where Sam Brinton is? I’d start there

    1. Jon Guest

      Looked for this comment before posting ☺️

  42. EthelMay Guest

    Two comments: Went to Iceland last August with my son. There were quite a few Russians onboard, all obviously wealthy. They said it took them 3 days to get to Iceland with all the restrictions. My son and I invariably were seated next Russians every dinner- they all vocally supported Putin. I did notice that the Russians did ALL the optional excursions including the most expensive ones.
    As far as airport thievery. A good...

    Two comments: Went to Iceland last August with my son. There were quite a few Russians onboard, all obviously wealthy. They said it took them 3 days to get to Iceland with all the restrictions. My son and I invariably were seated next Russians every dinner- they all vocally supported Putin. I did notice that the Russians did ALL the optional excursions including the most expensive ones.
    As far as airport thievery. A good friend was talking to her tour trip leader (in Europe somewhere) upon arrival while waiting for others and one of her roller boards was stolen at her feet in the airport!

    1. Sean Guest

      They would have NEVER caught me if I would have stolen that!

  43. Hossein hosseini Guest

    I was station manager for an airline in BCN and this airport is a hot spot for theifs. They target certain nationalities such as Russians, Chinese and Iranians who generally carry a lot of cash and also couples with small children who don't pay attention to their belongings since they are preoccupied with kids. We had suggested so many time to police to limit terminal access to ticket holders to no avail. Problem is getting worst and not better.

  44. Barbara Bonaparte Guest

    Glad jewelry was returned. Passengers need to pay attention when traveling.

  45. Lavell Cox Guest

    Entitled me .......but everything doesn't make you happy but be in Integrity is such kindness of Gold Silver Diamonds of Love

  46. James1982 Guest

    Unbelievable amount of hate mongers posting here. Generalizations about all wealthy Russians is pure ignorance.

  47. Arie Guest

    Lucky, does it bother at all that the comments in here are vile? Replace the word Russian with a word like Gay, Jewish, Arab, Ukrainian, etc. Would that be OK? Your site has become a gathering place for haters and ignorant people to spew vile remarks. Maybe consider moderating some comments ?

  48. Yvonne Guest

    These people spewing hatred in the comments for no reason, must have the lowest IQ, envious and bitter or worse...all of the above. Strange way to live your life.

  49. Jarrod Guest

    There's an error in your headline. If you have enough money to buy a *bag* for more than a million dollars, and then to feel comfortable using it regularly, it's not possible to steal from you.

  50. YH Guest

    They were lucky not to be in Copenhagen airport, we recently had our backpack & passports stolen, no security present, totally indifferent police. They refused to believe us when we showed them the location of our bag which was still in the airport, from our air tag. All travelers through Kastrup, beware, there are thieves operating in the airport and you will get no help from the authorities.

  51. Ati Guest

    Not mad. Couldn't happen to better people, stealing my land and killing my people. Keep stealing from the Oligarchs please. Cowards.

  52. LHZ Guest

    No sympathy, especially as the person who lost this was Russian. Who are trash tourists everywhere they travel to

  53. Penelope Guest

    Always pay attention to your belongings, such an expensive bag and it's contents should have never been left unattended.

  54. Victor Rajendra Guest

    If your hand bag itself is worth so much, wouldn’t it be wiser to fly a private jet? Guess when you can buy so expensive you couldn’t spend on security?

  55. Dksksk Guest

    Doesn't add up someone like that usually flies private

  56. Sid Guest

    So many idiotic comments. I don’t go around wishing harm on every American I see because of the horrific crimes their countrymen have committed against humanity.

    1. Yvonne Guest

      Exactly, I have no words for some of these comments on here.

    2. ItisI Guest

      @Sid Because Americans are the only ones who, according to you, have committed crimes against humanity.

  57. JetSetFly Guest

    I’m a bit surprised that these people aren’t chartering private jet between BCN and DXB given they are lugging around minimally 8.5 m worth of things. Doing a bit of math, jewelries and cash add up to almost 7 m euros. Himalayan birkin with diamonds is around 500k, you have to wonder what happened to that 1 m not listed especially they are listing 100k cash, 45k Chopard watch, etc.

  58. Randall Guest

    Why are the second thieves more culpable than the first thieves?

  59. Syd Guest

    Something I had for dinner last night - either a mediocre steak in the beautiful city of Wrocław, or mediocre veggies that came with it - wasn’t good, I felt like puking a few hours later and today regretted I didn’t force myself to.

    The good news is - next time I do need to puke, I’ll just go through comments under this post, the rest will come easy,

  60. David Guest

    Read the Bill Browden book Red Notice to learn more.

  61. Masood Guest

    Who’s stupid enough to carry such high valued items to the airport and onto a commercial flight. This is shit to take on on a private jet. I wish they didn’t get their shit back.

  62. Grey Diamond

    'This is a good reminder to always keep a close eye on your belongings at the airport. Many people assume that you’re safe once you get inside the airport terminal, and that because of how crowded airports are, you’re unlikely to have stuff stolen from you. As you can tell, obviously that’s not the case.'

    What do you mean? This is exactly a case of why airports are safe. Even if someone does take something,...

    'This is a good reminder to always keep a close eye on your belongings at the airport. Many people assume that you’re safe once you get inside the airport terminal, and that because of how crowded airports are, you’re unlikely to have stuff stolen from you. As you can tell, obviously that’s not the case.'

    What do you mean? This is exactly a case of why airports are safe. Even if someone does take something, the security is significant so the people who stole it can be easily tracked.
    Surely nobody thinks that crowded=safe from thieves. I mean, crowded places are where pickpockets thrive. People feel safe in airports because they assume that even if something was stolen, the level of security means that the whole incident would be on cctv.

  63. Chris90026 Guest

    2 types of thieves. The ones who got arrested in a rental car. The others who got their belongings back and always get away with everything. Would not like to hang out with neither of the groups.

  64. Callum Guest

    "Many people assume that you’re safe once you get inside the airport terminal, and that because of how crowded airports are, you’re unlikely to have stuff stolen from you. As you can tell, obviously that’s not the case."

    Errrrrrr, no. I assume I'm safe because of the high levels of security and a significant proportion of the people there are actively ID'd. Assuming you're safe from theft because it's crowded seems absurd - the more...

    "Many people assume that you’re safe once you get inside the airport terminal, and that because of how crowded airports are, you’re unlikely to have stuff stolen from you. As you can tell, obviously that’s not the case."

    Errrrrrr, no. I assume I'm safe because of the high levels of security and a significant proportion of the people there are actively ID'd. Assuming you're safe from theft because it's crowded seems absurd - the more crowded an area is, the easier it is for things to get stolen.

    And no, a single theft doesn't mean it's "obviously not the case" that you're safer in an airport than on the city streets. Especially in a city like Barcelona famous for its pickpockets.

  65. AMR Dragon Guest

    I'm shocked that this happened in a Western European country of all places. You would have expected this to happen in the US or some 3rd World country
    Also shame on those in the comments section praising the theivery just because the victims were Russian
    I know people who got their stuff stolen by baggage handlers and other airport staff before and 99.99% of the time you'll never get it back.
    Theivery...

    I'm shocked that this happened in a Western European country of all places. You would have expected this to happen in the US or some 3rd World country
    Also shame on those in the comments section praising the theivery just because the victims were Russian
    I know people who got their stuff stolen by baggage handlers and other airport staff before and 99.99% of the time you'll never get it back.
    Theivery should never be tolerated, thats just showing that you value other people's things more than your own life.

    1. Frank G Guest

      So thefts don't happen in Europe?

  66. Crosscourt Guest

    Wonder if the contents were cleared with authorities to be taken out of the country. You need to declare such large sums. Police need to question the travellers.

    1. tj Guest

      Rich Russian = criminals. One thief steals from, another. no empathy from me.

  67. drennman Guest

    The comments seem to either report appreciation for the Barcelona Police or regret that the thieves didn't get away with the loot.

    What about asking who these Russians were, why they were carrying 9.3million euro in fungible assets like jewelry and further asking about the source of the funds that bought them? Where they bought in the EU or Schengen (like Switzerland)? This seems to be the more interesting issue and likely for the EU...

    The comments seem to either report appreciation for the Barcelona Police or regret that the thieves didn't get away with the loot.

    What about asking who these Russians were, why they were carrying 9.3million euro in fungible assets like jewelry and further asking about the source of the funds that bought them? Where they bought in the EU or Schengen (like Switzerland)? This seems to be the more interesting issue and likely for the EU as well. Laundering money especially if you are Russian usually attracts a lot of attention especially these days.

    If they were just ordinary rich Russians they probably wouldn't be carrying around so much fungible loot.

    1. Santos Guest

      You'd be surprised at the interesting levels of ordinary wealth and the foolishness of the people holding it. I remember living in the East Village in NYC back in the early 2000s and using a bodega ATM. The previous user had left their receipt and the available balance on their account was mid-six figures. Now if you have, say, $600k in a checking account, you either don't know what you're doing or don't care. Either...

      You'd be surprised at the interesting levels of ordinary wealth and the foolishness of the people holding it. I remember living in the East Village in NYC back in the early 2000s and using a bodega ATM. The previous user had left their receipt and the available balance on their account was mid-six figures. Now if you have, say, $600k in a checking account, you either don't know what you're doing or don't care. Either way, you're freakin' rich.

      Also, I just read about a local elderly couple who were zip-tied and robbed by two guys who compromised their Coinbase account and forced them to transfer nearly $200,000 of holdings. Now it's a weird case for a lot of reasons, but one big question for me is—if this old couple is holding that much in crypto, how much are they holding in cash?

    2. drennman Guest

      I am not sure rich Russians want to come to any one’s attention in the EU carrying 9.3 million in fungible loot. You are. telling me this is normal?

    3. Santos Guest

      When someone has obscene wealth, your standards don't apply. Do you get it yet?

  68. Blubot Guest

    "...unfortunately they got caught pretty quickly." ??? LOL.

  69. Roman Abramovich Guest

    Roman Abramovich Family? They got to keep ALL the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ since they escaped to Israel. Israeli Government will not confiscate their money,even if USA insisted on it.Why? Because They control the US Treasury & they decide! Any other country if they do not confiscate, US will come after them.By the way, Roman Abramovich is not the only one who took $Billions to Israel to escape.

    1. Alphons Guest

      Take your hatred of Jews and shove it up your backside in a splintered bottle.

    2. GUWonder Guest

      Please put a hold on the anti-Semitic nonsense. The US Treasury is controlled by the US Government voted in by the American public, at least a plurality of which identifies as being Christian or of Christian heritage.

      The British and US governments found Roman A a useful go-between to the Russian government and to a lot of other staunch Putin-supporting Russian oligarchs, and so he got some favors for a while that way. Squirreling away...

      Please put a hold on the anti-Semitic nonsense. The US Treasury is controlled by the US Government voted in by the American public, at least a plurality of which identifies as being Christian or of Christian heritage.

      The British and US governments found Roman A a useful go-between to the Russian government and to a lot of other staunch Putin-supporting Russian oligarchs, and so he got some favors for a while that way. Squirreling away questionable assets in Israel is an issue, but black money from Russia and other former Soviet bloc systems has lots of presence around London, around the US, and also in the UAE, Turkey and across the more touristy hotspots in the EU.

    3. RAM Drakon Guest

      Criticizing Israel is not anti-semitic, Mossad.

    4. GUWonder Guest

      The comment is not just a criticism of Israel — a country playing a bad game much like China, India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and others when it comes to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — but it is also peddling an anti-semitic trope about “Jewish control” of the US, space lasers, _____ [fill in the blank with additional bigoted nonsense].

    5. tda1986 Diamond

      When the criticism of Israel is based on conspiratorial anti-semitic tropes about Jews controlling global financial systems, it IS anti-semitic.

  70. Auspointer Guest

    Meh… just another bag snatch in Barcelona, didn’t they read the travel guides?

  71. Greg Guest

    Good for Barcelona authorities for solving it so quickly. Now if they could have deterred or avoided the pickpocket who stole my mom's phone there...

  72. Stefan Guest

    God the people in this comment section. Brainwashed fools.

    1. TravelinWilly Diamond

      Right?!

      It's like they want to line up and fellate both the dotard and Pootie.

      Ew.

  73. George Romey Guest

    If I had a near $10 million bag I'd not travel with it or I'd have on my side every second of the trip. Also, stealing from rich Russians probably isn't a good idea. You'd better hope the cops got to you first.

    1. Icarus Guest

      However it’s peanut’s to these people.
      Someone was obviously following them waiting to pounce.

  74. Ben Holz Guest

    While on the private jet topic... Although it's not possible to fly directly from the EU/US to Russia, could you not just schedule a stop in a third country (e.g. Serbia, Bosnia, Turkey, etc.) and proceed on the same aircraft to Russia? Obviously assuming it's a charter since Russian aircraft couldn't enter much of Europe's airspace

    1. SBS Gold

      Nope. Private jets chartered by Russians are not allowed to operate in EU. Origin/destination in a 3rd country don't matter.

    2. Norm Guest

      Still in the news Jane. RIP.

  75. Shar Guest

    The thieves should give 20% to the Ukrainian military and they will be awarded the Spanish medal of freedoms.

  76. Maryland Guest

    And this is why we can't have the good luggage at the airport! They really should have hired a security team. I can only imagine what other valuables the family was carrying.

    1. NedsKid Guest

      That was my first thought.... someone carrying that much in valuables in personal luggage surely can afford to bring along hired help to handcuff it to?

    2. Maryland Guest

      Yes. But remembering they are Russian perhaps their usual security is busy. I hope somebody got a big finder fee!

  77. NotAFanOfRichRussiansInDubai Guest

    The way so many Russians fled the war and just blow through their oligarch plunder in Dubai while pointing their noses down at everybody else there... Good. I hope to see many, many more incidents like this. I have no ounce of sad feelings for these people. They trot around Dubai with every single family member wearing matching Armani shirts shoving around people whom they deem inferior (seriously, one of them bumped into me and...

    The way so many Russians fled the war and just blow through their oligarch plunder in Dubai while pointing their noses down at everybody else there... Good. I hope to see many, many more incidents like this. I have no ounce of sad feelings for these people. They trot around Dubai with every single family member wearing matching Armani shirts shoving around people whom they deem inferior (seriously, one of them bumped into me and the glare of that person... yuck!). I don't wish conscription upon these people, but I wish they were home to deal with the aftermath of their leadership's decisions. Dubai would be wise to stop letting them park their cash and focus on immigrants from other countries.

    Has anybody else here whose travelled to Dubai encountered issues with them?

    1. Luke Guest

      "Dubai would be wise to stop letting them park their cash and focus on immigrants from other countries."

      Umm dont think thats happening. Every bit of greed there too to not turn down anyone willing to spend a boatload of Dirhams there!

    2. kmartin696 Member

      Yes, we just returned from the UAE, and the number of fat, happy Russians blissfully vacationing while their country murders innocent European civilians was truly disgusting. A horrible, corrupt, arrogant, backwards, ugly culture that must suffer the consequences of their actions.

    3. Steven E Guest

      That’s pretty swift work by the Barcelona Police- I’m sure they were offered some sort of reward to apprehend the said thieves - maybe the diamond brooch

  78. tda1986 Diamond

    "Many people assume that you’re safe once you get inside the airport terminal, and that because of how crowded airports are, you’re unlikely to have stuff stolen from you."

    Who are these people you refer to? I feel like it's common knowledge that crowded areas pose the greatest risk for pickpockets and purse-snatchers.

    1. Anthony Guest

      The rest of these commenters, apparently. Lord of folks in here disagreeing on this statement, but for opposite reasons.

  79. SBS Gold

    Ben, as far as I know under EU sanctions a private jet is not an option for Russian clients to any destination, not just direct to Russia. Sanctions also ban any direct flights to Russia, private or commercial.

    So the only decent airlines that still fly to Russia are TK and the ME3. Would be interesting to see if US/EU could expand sanctions by making the airlines choose between Russian and US/EU airspace. These airlines...

    Ben, as far as I know under EU sanctions a private jet is not an option for Russian clients to any destination, not just direct to Russia. Sanctions also ban any direct flights to Russia, private or commercial.

    So the only decent airlines that still fly to Russia are TK and the ME3. Would be interesting to see if US/EU could expand sanctions by making the airlines choose between Russian and US/EU airspace. These airlines are profiting off this war, with extremely high fares to/from Russia that people with $9m bags don't bat an eye at.

    And yes, I am pretty sure these people are new to flying commercial. I bet they would've use the PS airport option in a heartbeat if it existed in Europe :)

    1. Sky and wheat Guest

      Isn't Turkish Airlines state owned? And turkey is part of nato? And we wanted new countries to join nato? Maybe even Ukraine at some point? Zero chance sanctions ever fall on turkey for anything

  80. stogieguy7 Diamond

    For once, I'm disappointed that the police got the crooks. In this case, the oligarch family got their baubles back. Hopefully Ukrainian troops will be their next owners.

  81. Wembleygal Guest

    and we care that a Russian family had an issue? #ukraninestrong

  82. Ray Guest

    Where’s that woman who yells “ATTENZIONE PICKPOCKET” for this family?

    1. Ben Holz Guest

      attenzione isn't even spanish... are you American or British?

    2. grichard Guest

      He's referring to a woman in Venice who has developed social media fame catching pickpockets. Not Spanish.

    3. Icarus Guest

      You’re obviously not very up to date or understand why this was quoted.
      Moreover Barcelona is in Catalonia

    4. Schar Diamond

      Ben, clearly you'e not familiar with the viral meme going around. Are you old or very old?

    5. James S Guest

      Don't comment on things you don't understand

  83. R. Compton Guest

    Impound and send proceeds to Mariupol.

  84. derek Guest

    Recently, in US cities where police are discouraged and there's a strong defund the police movement, crime is not investigated except for maybe murder. Theft is met with "file a report online" and "Submit the report to your insurance company, if any". Burglary with video, who cares. This shows that America is fast becoming a land of evil people, fulfilling the Iranian promise that America is the great satan. It used to be false but is slowly becoming true.

    1. tda1986 Diamond

      Fox News has you hook, line, and sinker, don't they?

    2. Chet New Member

      Probably just a Russian troll. Summary: Russian gaudy baggage and jewelry stolen at airport in Spain, thieves caught by police in Spain, Americans are evil people because they do not indict criminals.

    3. derek Guest

      I do not watch Fox News. I have called the police. In one case, they came after 14 hours for burglary. In another case, they said to just file a report online.

      TASS Russian News Agency has tda1986 hook, line and sinker, don't they?

    4. tda1986 Diamond

      I didn’t realize I was dealing with an expert on the subject! I will totally defer to your very extensive personal experience, derek. You have my SINCEREST apologies.

    5. derek Guest

      Wrong. Fox is Make America Great Again, not Americans are becoming unethical and a great satan.

    6. dee Guest

      Not nice ..maybe u need to watch FOX

  85. Pds Guest

    I find it hard to believe that People with €8.5 million in carry on ‘queue at check in’

    1. NW Guest

      You do if the money isn't yours and need to help someone move it.

    2. chasgoose Guest

      Given the restrictions on Russian banking and travel from the EU to Russia, it’s not that hard to believe.

    3. GUWonder Guest

      Expensive jewelry can be used to port around assets and liquidate at destination without having to use the banking systems as much. Sort of like expensive art work, but more portable and easier to use to buy off people to “look the other way”.

    4. GUWonder Guest

      Less than €30k of that €8-9 million estimated value of the stolen bag was cash. The rest of the value was in non-cash goods.

      I am on friendly terms with a few billionaires, and some of them do get in lines and wait for agents at airports to get checked-in for commercially scheduled common carrier flights from time to time. They aren’t always flying on private jets all the time out of crowd-free airports.

  86. Engel Member

    Go Barcelona. What a surprise.

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The way so many Russians fled the war and just blow through their oligarch plunder in Dubai while pointing their noses down at everybody else there... Good. I hope to see many, many more incidents like this. I have no ounce of sad feelings for these people. They trot around Dubai with every single family member wearing matching Armani shirts shoving around people whom they deem inferior (seriously, one of them bumped into me and the glare of that person... yuck!). I don't wish conscription upon these people, but I wish they were home to deal with the aftermath of their leadership's decisions. Dubai would be wise to stop letting them park their cash and focus on immigrants from other countries. Has anybody else here whose travelled to Dubai encountered issues with them?

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