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en­tury, Barbara Erni, from as one of the most pro­lific thieves in n in­ge­nious ruse to get her for­tune. cou­ple, Barbara learned to graft from a p with a scam where she would dress as a up at inns and ho­tels with a large suit­case. rs that it con­tained ex­pen­sive trea­sures and om in the ho­tel overnight. con­tained a dwarf or small man, who would and steal the finest ob­jects from the room. run­ning away with Barbara and the loot.

The duo got away with their trick 16 times be­fore she was caught in De­cem­ber 1784. Barbara was found guilty and sen­tenced to death by be­head­ing. She was the last per­son in Liecht­en­stein to be ex­e­cuted on the death penalty, but her ac­com­plice was never found. e – but only con­victed a ori­ties claim she’s had dif­fer­ent dates of birth. ere’s never been a day I did not get what I any regrets about ret get­ting caught.” to give up her life as an guilty to the rather less al­ing £70 worth of store. This shoplift­ing girl gang was run by the aptly named Alice Di­a­mond, born to a con­vict fa­ther in Ele­phant and Cas­tle, South Lon­don.

In the early 1900s, she be­came the leader of a group of thieves who would steal from lux­ury depart­ment stores and use their wiles to get into ex­clu­sive ho­tels. Pos­ing as posh, they conned their way into jobs in rich house­holds – us­ing fake ref­er­ences and names – in a bid to steal valu­ables and clothes.

They were caught and jailed re­peat­edly but thought it was worth it to avoid poverty. Alice died in 1952, aged 55, of mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

HEISTY LADIES From left, Bul­lock, Paul­son, Ri­hanna, Blanchett and Awk­wa­fina in film Ocean’s 8 SCAMS Young Payne HOME TURF Ele­phant and Cas­tle THIEV­ING Alice Di­a­mond Savvy Rachel Lee loved two things – celebri­ties and jew­els – thus the in­fa­mous Bling...

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