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He was America’s greatest cat-burglar. Using meticulous planning and military precision he targeted one of America’s wealthiest families. And pulled off the biggest home burglary in US history. Masterminds e14: The Dinner Set Gang, 2004
Palm Beach on exclusive Jupiter Island. The gang made its biggest score ... It struck at the fortress-like estate belonging to heirs of the Dupont chemical company. ibid.
To gain access [Pete] Salerno sets up a legitimate construction company. ibid.
The dinner set gang disappears into the night with $12 million in precious gems. Their escape however is about to hit rough water. America’s greatest cat-burglar – Pete Salerno. ibid.
The new [Mob] apprentice lacks discipline. ibid.
In exchange Pete and his family enter the witness protection program. ibid.
Returning to his life of crime Salerno works with various partners, until in 1992 he teams up once again with his brother-in-law Dominick. ibid.
They walk straight into a police road block. ibid.
In 2001 he is arrested and charged with yet another burglary. ibid.
A lone woman pulls off the biggest home burglary spree in American history stealing over six million in jewellery, furs and artwork. And left the police helpless to stop her. Masterminds e18: The Bandit Queen
Judy Amar ... Her past is about to catch up with her. ibid.
Since her release the bandit queen has used her unique skills to teach Americans how to make their homes more secure. ibid.
A highwire act that cheated death more than once. A man nobody really knew. A performer who didn’t want an audience. A thief who eluded the police for decades. Masterminds s21: Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief
He’s probably the most successful jewel thief in American history. ibid.
Cat burglar Bill Mason has been fleecing the rich and famous for over a decade. ibid.
Alarm systems and guard dogs couldn’t stop him. He stole millions of dollars in silver from America’s wealthiest families, and defied police to catch him. Masterminds e24: The Silver Bandit
In the 1990s a very unusual crime spree hit the northern US. Wealthy families were being burgled but the only thing taken was antique silver. ibid.
This thief struck when owners were home. ibid.
This MO was the creation of Blane Nordahl, the greatest silver burglar the world has ever known. ibid.
He develops the skills of a master craftsman. ibid.
Eight other states have had an epidemic of silver burglaries. ibid.
He turned burglary into high art. It was his job. His hobby. His amusement. He got his kicks and lined his pockets with millions. For decades there was nothing cops could do to catch the cape cat burglar known as Super-thief. Masterminds e31: Superthief
Fort Lauderdale police had no idea who organised the raid. But they were familiar with his work. A rash of sophisticated burglaries in the best neighbourhoods, millions of dollars stolen. ibid.
Superthief’s real name was Jack MacLean. MacLean was fascinated by police work and was for ever listening to their frequencies. ibid.
He was responsible for two thousand burglaries worth $13,000,000 in cash and jewels. ibid.
Someone spotted a burglar breaking into a neighbour’s house. ibid.
MacLean lost the case and was sentenced to sixteen years. ibid.
He [Aaron Rogers] was smart and ambitious. He made millions using techniques police had never seen. Masterminds e36: Leader of the Pack
It started with a series of break-ins at small businesses. But the thieves never took merchandise, only cash. Then another spree began: within a few months credit unions all across the city were victimised. ibid.
They stole the one-ton safe itself. ibid.
Aaron Rogers is the mastermind behind Kansas City’s most amazing burglary spree. ibid.
His gang hit more than 600 of America’s richest homes. Masterminds s43: The Social Register Gang
In the early 1980s Connecticut and New York’s wealthiest communities were hit with a string of mysterious burglaries. ibid.
Raymond Flynn – an unassuming Boston gambler. ibid.
He now uses the social register to plot the greatest burglary spree in American history. ibid.
From coast to coast she targeted the country’s wealthiest families. Victims never suspected a thing. Witnesses could remember only one thing about her [red hair]. After every crime she [Carrie Lee Jenkins] vanished leaving police helpless. Masterminds e45: Cleaning House
In the late 1970s a mysterious jewel thief was targeting New York’s super-rich. ibid.
‘I think I was robbed by my housekeeper.’ ibid. victim
Hundreds of homes across the country were also being hit. Every burglary was the same story: a homeowner had just hired a new maid. ibid.
In the mid-1990s Miami Florida was hit with an unprecedented crime wave … ‘The FBI started to see a bunch of extremely high-end jewellery heists of wholesale jewellery stores.’ Masterminds e55: It Takes a Thief
‘He became an expert in vaults and safes.’ ibid.
Learning his crew has turned on him, [Paul] Mathieson abandons them completely and starts going it alone. ibid.