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79,960. My luck is getting worse and worse. Last night, for instance, I was mugged by a Quaker. (Luck & Robbery & Quaker) Woody Allen
17,455. On 16th January 1950 seven men let themselves into Brinks Armoured Car Company at North Terminal Garage, Prince Street, Boston. Once inside they put on grotesque Halloween masks to disguise themselves. They all wore identical navy jackets and chauffeur’s cap, gloves and crepe shoes. Looking like evil older brothers of the seven dwarfs, they made their way through the corridors to the vault where the money was ... Soon they were loading over $2,750,000 in cash and securities into the trucks their confederates had driven into position. (Gangstas & Boston & Robbery) Great Crimes and Trials: US Brink’s Robbery
18,005. In the summer of 1963 two gangs of criminals got together to stop the Glasgow to London travelling post office. They planned to uncouple the carriages carrying high-value packages and transfer the sacks to waiting vehicles. On the night of 2nd August ... bags filled with bank notes. (Gangstas & Robbery) Great Crimes & Trials: The Great Train Robbery
18,006. Scotland Yard put out an announcement that the police were undertaking a search of every building within a thirty mile radius of the spot. They were going to investigate every possible hiding place ... The thieves abandoned their hideaway before they had planned to. (Gangstas & Robbery) ibid.
18,007. The gang had left enough fingerprints and palm prints to go on. (Gangstas & Robbery) ibid.
18,008. Two days later on 16th August four suitcases contained over $100,000 were found in a Surrey wood. (Gangstas & Robbery) ibid.
18,009. The Prosecution took three weeks to present its two hundred witnesses. (Gangstas & Robbery) ibid.
18,010. Then he passed his sentences, and very harsh they were: Bill Boal: twenty-four years in jail later reduced to fourteen years ... Charlie Wilson ... thirty years ... Tommy Wisbey ... 30 years ... Jim Hussey ... 30 years ... Lenny Field 24 years later reduced to five ... Gordon Goody ... 30 years ... John Wheater ... got only three years because of his war records ... Roy James ... 30 years ... Ronnie Biggs ... 30 years ... Roger Cordrey ... 14 years paroled after seven. (Gangstas & Robbery) ibid.
18,011. Biggs was followed to Rio by Chief Superintendent Slipper of Scotland Yard. (Gangstas & Robbery) ibid.
18,012. Under Brazilian law a jubilant Biggs had to be released. (Gangstas & Robbery) ibid.
18,013. The kidnapping foundered on similar legal grounds, and a black Mariah carried him to freedom. (Gangstas & Robbery) ibid.
17,456. It was the biggest art heist in American history. Half a billion dollars’ worth of paintings snatched from the walls of a Boston gallery ... That was sixteen years ago. Since then teams of FBI agents have worked on the case. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) Art of the Heist s1e1: The World’s Biggest Heist
17,457. Isabella Stewart became the centre of an elite artistic circle. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) ibid.
17,458. Two thousand five hundred art works in all. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) ibid.
17,459. Among the collection was The Concert by Vermeer. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) ibid.
17,460. None of it was insured. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) ibid.
17,461. The two men appear to be wearing police uniforms. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) ibid.
17,462. The three Rembrandts they took were priceless. One was The Storm on the Sea of Galilee. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) ibid.
17,463. At 2.28 a.m. after nearly an hour of plundering the thieves returned to the security desk on the ground floor with their booty. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) ibid.
17,464. The thieves did not wear masks. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) ibid.
17,465. The thieves never ventured up to the third floor of the gallery when Titian’s Europa, the museum’s most valuable treasure, still hangs untouched. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) ibid.
17,466. The letter writer was never heard from again. (Gangstas & Robbery & Art & Boston & Museum) ibid.
19,515. The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is one of the most famous and powerful images in art history. In the past twelve years it’s been the target of thieves not once but twice. (Gangstas: Norway & Artist: Munch & Art & Robbery) Art of the Heist s1e2: The Search For the Scream
19,516. One version stolen in 1994 was recovered. But a decade later another Scream vanished when thieves walked into the Munch Museum in Oslo and ripped it from the walls along with a second masterpiece The Madonna. (Gangstas: Norway & Artist: Munch & Art & Robbery) ibid.
19,517. August 22 2004 ... Two men got out and ran towards the entrance of the museum ... They brutally snatched them from the walls. (Gangstas: Norway & Artist: Munch & Art & Robbery) ibid.
17,836. When a forgery is passed off as the real thing there are fortunes to be made and lost. For nearly a decade two Englishmen did just that. Between them they produced hundreds of modern masterpieces and plundered major art archives to fake their provenance. Their activities literally changed our history. It was one of the greatest frauds the art world has ever seen. (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) Art of the Heist s1e4: The Forger and the Conman
17,837. John Myatt had been to art school but this was the start of a new career. (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) ibid.
17,838. Drewe became a lucrative client and Myatt began to like him. (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) ibid.
17,839. John Myatt had allowed himself to be trapped by John Drewe. (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) ibid.
17,840. Drewe was presenting himself as a patron of the arts. (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) ibid.
17,841. How many other fakes were there? And by how many artists? (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) ibid.
17,842. As many as two hundred of them were now in circulation. (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) ibid.
17,843. John Myatt finally decided he had had enough. (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) ibid.
17,844. The eight years of frauds and fakes was about to come to an end. (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) ibid.
17,845. John Myatt pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year in prison. John Drewe maintained his innocence throughout but was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison. (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) ibid.
17,846. Of the 200 or so Myatt fakes only 72 have ever been found. (Gangstas & Forgery & Art & Fraud & Fake & Robbery) ibid.
17,774. In the 1970s the black market in religious artefacts had exploded into a multi-million-dollar industry. The war-torn island of Cyprus was being picked clean. This is the story of how a sophisticated ring of smugglers ripped a sacred mosaic from the walls of a church then tried to hawk it on the open market. Little did they realise that their greed would trigger a global for its recovery that would culminate in a daring police raid which uncovered $40 million in stolen artefacts and change the trade in antiquities for ever (Gangstas: Cyprus & Cyprus & Smuggling & Artefacts & Robbery & Art) Art of the Heist s1e5: Den of Antiquities
110,818. The theft had all the hallmarkes of a professional smuggling ring. (Gangstas: Cyprus & Cyprus & Smuggling & Artefacts & Robbery & Art) ibid.
110,819. Inside the crates were fragments of a young Christ, Matthew, James and the archangel that had so captivated her [Peg L Goldberg]. (Gangstas: Cyprus & Cyprus & Smuggling & Artefacts & Robbery & Art) ibid.
110,820. Judge Noland ruled that the mosaics belonged to the Church of Cyprus. (Gangstas: Cyprus & Cyprus & Smuggling & Artefacts & Robbery & Art) ibid.