Great Brink’s Robbery, 1950

Continuing the Bostonian theme from last post, I follow up with the Great Brink’s Robbery of 1950 which also occurred in the North End of Boston.

The Great Brink’s Robbery was dubbed the “crime of the century” because of its skillful execution and the sheer amount of money stolen ($1.2 million in cash, and $1.5 million in checks, money orders, and other securities).

The 2010 movie, The Town, was based on the Great Brinks Robbery.

The robbery was the work of an eleven-member gang. The robbers wore navy pea coats, chauffeur’s caps, rubber Halloween masks, gloves, and rubber-soled shoes. They broke in using copied keys, bound and gagged the employees present, and absconded with $2.7 million.

The gang members agreed not to spend their cut of the money until after six years, when the statute of limitations would expire. However, two members were arrested by June of 1950 and the remaining members were all arrested 5 days before the statute of limitations expired.

The infamous robbery has inspired countless movies including Six Bridges to Cross (1955) and The Town (2010).

 

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