Author & Heist Expert
Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History
“Like a diamond, this true-life caper is clear, colorful, and brilliant.”
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The Axmann Conspiracy
The Nazi Plan for a Fourth Reich and How the U.S. Army Defeated It
“The Axmann Conspiracy is well-documented history but reads like a thriller.”
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author
A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin
The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer
“Onboard an electrified speeding train in Nazi Berlin, Selby reveals an equally electrifying story of the railroad employee who could not stop murdering.”
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IN THE NEWS
The Hollywood Reporter
Jewelry Heist Expert on Why Kim Kardashian’s Diamond Theft Was a Perfect Storm
"Scott Andrew Selby, co-author of 'Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History' says he's 'not at all surprised' by the robbery and here's why."
The New York Times
Jewel Theft Stuns French Riviera for Its Simplicity
“All these jobs seem a little suspicious with a little help from the inside, but it’s also possible that someone scouted it well,” Scott Selby said. “A hotel is not built to be Fort Knox. The thieves have realized that high-value targets are in places with low-value security.”
The New York Post
A new Bling Ring is plaguing Hollywood celebs
Scott Selby noted that, “If it’s just normal jewelry, a thief can pawn it out of state. But if it’s unusual, they have to sell it to a fence [someone who moves stolen goods] for around 10 cents on the dollar. If they grab a hundred grand[’s worth] of gold or diamonds in one [burglary], they might make 10 grand.”
NBC Nightly News
“To Catch A Thief”
(The Carlton Hotel Heist at the Cannes Film Festival)
CBS This Morning
“Thieves steal Swedish crown jewels in broad daylight”
“Armed Men Stage Brazen Jewel Heist in France”
So you’ve stolen priceless treasures, now what do you do with them?
That’s the question after thieves in Dresden, Germany, pulled off what may well be the smash and grab of the century.
Foreign Policy Magazine
“Ice Removal How easy is it to fence $50 million worth of stolen diamonds?”
By now, the diamond thieves who pulled off a brazen $50 million heist on the tarmac of Brussels Airport are the most wanted men in Europe. They’re most likely lying low somewhere, waiting for the heat to die down. Soon enough, though, they’ll want to turn that loot into cash. But how does one actually go about fencing $50 million in stolen diamonds? In fact, it’s easier than you might think.
Key elements of the security in these runs include the armored truck, which would be difficult, although not impossible to neutralize. The runs are also accompanied by police officers equipped with submachine guns and body armor. Antwerp’s diamond district, much like Brussels’ airport, has hundreds of closed circuit cameras, armed guards and barriers against unauthorized vehicles as part of its security measures.
Multimillion-dollar diamond heists tend to be much more complicated than even the most talented screenwriter can imagine. In Cannes, the thieves almost certainly spent months planning the burglary to spot and exploit the flaws in the hotel’s security system.
Scott Selby has a law degree from Harvard and a master’s degree in Human Rights and Intellectual Property from Sweden’s Lund University. He graduated UC Berkeley with a degree in American Popular Culture.
Scott is licensed to practice law in California and New York.
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