|Two recovered Brinks money bags–|
over a million remains missing.
On January 17, 1950: Boston thieves pull off historic robbery...
Hands up! Don't move! Lie down on the floor! Don't say a word! All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery!
How familiar these words have become since they are proclaimed over and over again within famous Westerns and other crime-related movies! For ages upon ages, the criminals have been the forefront, the stars, the center of attention. It's the action, the drama, the movie lines and the fact afterward the bad guys get up - even after being shot - go home to a beautiful home and a juicy steak without fear of being chased or arrested!
That is NOT what happened on or as a result of this day when the biggest robbery to date took place at the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. And, to think the robbers almost got away with it scot-free! No one was caught until 1956 just a few days before the statute of limitations would have run out for most of the crimes which had charges pending against them. The robbery was dubbed the crime of the century!
How did they do it?
The rest of the story...
Since barely any clues were discovered at the scene and no one was hurt during the time of the robbery, it appeared the men created the perfect getaway. The plan was for the robbers to lay low for six years until the statute of limitations ran out. They almost made it. Five days. That was all which remained. Five days. For the rest of the story, go HERE.
In June of 1956, the fates smiled down on the prosecutor when a $10 bill that was traced back to the robbery ended up in the hands of an arcade owner who contacted police when he thought he’d been passed a counterfeit bill. The money led back to an office building back in Boston, which had about $52,000 of Brinks bucks hidden in its walls.
Source: Crime Museum
Of course, the Brinks robbery is not the only one to go down in history. There are some pretty strange recollections of heists that have offered fascination for decades from the ferocious Jesse James gang to actual villains of the 21st century.
The Brinks Job
This Day in History: January Seventeenth
Boston thieves pull off historic robbery
Great Brink's Robbery
JANUARY 17 = The Great "Brinks" Robbery