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He [Barry Mills] could not leave the [Aryan] Brotherhood behind ... The Fresno California heist ... He helped plan some bank robberies. Gangsters: America’s Most Evil s2e7: Barry Mills
A master burglar and his elite crew. He planned it for months, executed it to perfection, and stole millions from an ultra-secure bank. When the smoke cleared, $8,000,000 in cash and jewels was gone. Masterminds s1e6: Laguna Niguel Heist, History 2003
In the centre of town sits the United Bank of California. In the ’70s this is where Laguna Niguel’s wealthy residents store their cash, stocks and jewellery. ibid.
The mastermind behind this amazing burglary was Amil Dinzio. ibid.
Dinzio is arrested ... Dinzio the mastermind is sentenced to ten. ibid.
A mastermind assembles America’s greatest gang of professional bank robbers. They target one of the richest banks in America. Masterminds s1e11: The Stopwatch Heist
Mitchell and his crew now target the Bank of America in California. ibid.
Mitchell returns to the US back to the only job he knows. ibid.
Barring another miraculous escape he won’t be eligible for release until his 115th birthday. ibid.
A daring thief [Edward Mongon] and his elite gang steal millions in freight. Masterminds e37: The ConRail Boyz
He was the greatest train robber America had ever seen. ibid.
In 1980 there was a sudden wave of very very large bank robberies all up and down the California coast. Really the only clue that it was the same gang doing all of these robberies was that one of them wore an oversized stop-watch around his neck. Greg Weston, author The Stopwatch Gang
A mastermind and his crack team of robbers. He planned it for months and took less than thirty minutes to pull it off. It was the largest cash heist in American history. Masterminds s1e2: The Dunbar Heist, truTV 2003
Companies like Dunbar – but armoured-car companies don’t just transport money, they also store it for banks and businesses. ibid.
This robbery is a criminal masterpiece. It soon becomes clear to investigators how elaborate the robbery had been. The authorities suspected it was an inside job. ibid.
Allen Pace was found guilty and was sentenced to twenty-four years in prison. ibid.
$10,000,000 and only mastermind Allen Pace knows where it is. ibid.
They called it living off the land. In a city by the bay. They robbed from the rich. They did for themselves. Stayed under the radar until they went for the biggest score ever – and then everyone knew their names. American Gangster s1e4: The Smith Brothers, Biography 2007
The biggest jewellery heist [Lang Estate Jewelers] in San Francisco history. ibid.
Mac Dre was a hero and an underground legend … But Dre’s festive spirit belayed a troubling past, including five years spent in prison and close ties to the notorious crew of bank robbers known as the Romper Room Gang. American Gangster s3e9: The Romper Room Gang & Mac Dre
By the late ’80s the Crack trade had turned the city [Vallejo] upside down. ibid.
The Romper Crew moved from drug dealing to robbing pizza parlours. ibid.
Bank robbing was becoming an addiction. ibid.
The take-down in Fresno was the beginning of the end. ibid.
In 2001 Fat Tone was arrested for the murder of a pregnant woman but charges were dropped. ibid.
He is one of the most prolific bank robbers in American history. American Gangster: Chaz Williams
In 1971 his crew got caught. ibid.
In September of 1975 he was found guilty of armed bank robbery. ibid.
An outlaw no-one would ever forget. A 1,500-mile manhunt that pushes investigators to their limits. In late 2003 ranchers and campers around the tiny outpost of Ballarat, California, have begun seeing a strange man alone in the mountains. Soon after, local law enforcement start getting reports of minor robberies around town. Crime Stories: Lone Fugitive
The bandit continues to allude capture. ibid.
After committing thirty burglaries over a two hundred mile stretch through Death Valley, the Bandit presses on widening his territory. ibid.
After six months and numerous sightings the Bandit’s identity remains a mystery. ibid.
He has several camp-sites on the outskirts of the notorious Area 51. ibid.
He pushes north stealing three vehicles and robbing three ranches. ibid.
John Doe #39 = George Robert Johnston (Canadian). ibid.
The story they uncover is stranger than anyone could have predicted. ibid.
An itinerant lifestyle ... Rob began growing marijuana but the plan backfired. ibid.
A week has passed since Bandits robbed a mail train coming out of the Sierra tunnel and fled with $300,000 in federal currency, leaving four dead. White Heat 1949 starring James Cagney & Virginia Mayo & Edmond O’Brien & Margaret Wycherly & Steve Cochran & Ford Rainey & John Archer & Wally Cassell & Fred Clark et al, director Raoul Walsh, radio news
Dunno what I’d do without you, Ma. ibid. Cody
He’s still Mr Big – in prison or out. ibid. Mrs Cody
Made it, Ma! Top of the world! ibid. Cody
What we know: 2 suspects dead, 1 suspect arrested, 6 officers injured, witnesses interview, no hostages taken. Situation Critical: North Hollywood Shootout, news, Youtube
9 a.m. Bank of America is open for business … 9.17 a.m. Two masked men entering the bank – it is a rare but fortuitous moment – they call for backup. ibid.
Both gunmen continue to spray the perimeter of the bank with deadly fire. ibid.
9.28 a.m. The first Swat team get ready for battle. ibid.
Mr Orange: What happens if the manager won’t give you the diamonds?
Mr White: When you’re dealing with a store like this, they’re insured up the ass. They’re not supposed to give you any resistance whatsoever. If you get a customer, or an employee, who thinks he’s Charles Bronson, take the butt of your gun and smash their nose in. Everybody jumps. He falls down screaming, blood squirts out of his nose, nobody says fucking shit after that. You might get some bitch talk shit to you, but give her a look like you’re gonna smash her face next, watch her shut the fuck up. Now if it’s a manager, that’s a different story. Managers know better than to fuck around, so if you get one that’s giving you static, he probably thinks he’s a real cowboy, so you gotta break that son of a bitch in two. If you wanna know something and he won’t tell you, cut off one of his fingers. The little one. Then tell him his thumb’s next. After that he’ll tell you if he wears ladies underwear ... I’m hungry. Let’s get a taco. Reservoir Dogs 1992 ***** starring Harvey Keitel & Tim Roth & Michael Madsen & Chris Penn & Steve Buscemi & Lawrence Tierney & Edward Bunker & Quentin Tarantino & Randy Brooks & Kirk Balz et al, director Quentin Tarantino
Hey, Dad, we got a major situation here ... He said the place turned into a bullet fest. He took a cop hostage just to get the fuck out of there. Do I sound like I’m fucking joking? He’s fucking driving around with a cop in his trunk. I don’t know who did what. I don’t know who’s got to Lou. I don’t know if anybody’s got to Lou. I don’t know who’s dead. I don’t know who’s alive. I don’t know who got caught. I don’t know who’s not. ibid. son