Lawton, who was once known as the biggest jewel thief in America, joined FOX Business’ “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” on Tuesday to analyze the crime, which is being dubbed “the biggest jewelry heist ever.”
Lawton, who has since turned his life around and is now a motivational speaker who works with the police, discussed what a huge endeavor it will be for these thieves to make a profit off the stolen jewels they took from Dresden’s Green Vault.
"Obviously, they have to break it up. There are too many signature pieces."
Lawton said the thieves might even get a payday from the museum.
“This museum would offer them $50 million, $100 million just to get back these artifacts, and no questions asked,” he said.
The police will never admit it, Lawton said, but under the table, the authorities and museum will often pay to get stolen items back because artifacts like these are so valuable, historically, culturally and monetarily. That means the burglars could "get away with it," Lawton said.
When asked who could get away with this, Lawton said the profile of criminals who could do this is "highly intelligent, highly social."
He pointed to the infamous European “Pink Panther Gang” as the possible culprits due to the brazen nature of the crime.
"It's got the M.O. of the Pink Panthers," Lawton said.
“They planned this for at the minimum six months,” Lawton said, explaining with a heist like this, a thief can’t just case a joint once or twice.
Lawton speculated it may have even been an inside job.
“How did they know that there wasn't bulletproof glass?” he said. "You only know that either by having inside information or being in there enough or talk[ing] to a curator.”