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My luck is getting worse and worse. Last night, for instance, I was mugged by a Quaker. Woody Allen
Property is organized robbery. George Bernard Shaw
Couldn’t we just steal the watch, boss? Monty Python’s Flying Circus s1e6, non-illegal robbery, BBC 1969
Robber: Good morning. I am a robber. Please don’t panic. Just hand over all your money.
Shop assistant: This is a lingerie shop, sir. Monty Python’s Flying Circus s1e0, Untitled, BBC 1969
‘This systematic robbery has been going on for generations, the value of the accumulated loot is enormous, and all of it, all the wealth at present in the possession of the rich, is rightly the property of the working class – it has been stolen from them by means of the Money Trick ...’ Robert Tressell, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
A man in Modesto, California, was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. He used a thumb and ginger to simulate a gun, but forgot to keep his hand in his pocket. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! 2006
A would-be robber of a Texas grocery store disguised his face with a balaclava, but forgot to remove from his breast pocket a laminated badge that bore his name, place of employment, and position within the company – an oversight spotted by witnesses. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! 2006
For what doth cherish weeds, but gentle air? And what makes robbers bold, but too much lenity? William Shakespeare, Richard Duke of York II vi 21-22, Clifford soliloquy
The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief,
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief. William Shakespeare, Othello I III
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stol’n,
Let him no know’t and he’s not robbed at all. ibid. III iii 347-348, Othello
It was the bank that couldn’t be robbed, the vault that couldn’t be opened, the security system that couldn’t be hacked. Until they came on to the scene: a crack team assembled by a mastermind, each one a specialist in the field, a master of their chosen art. Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema II: The Heist, BBC 2018
Getting away with it was only half the job; keeping it together was something else. ibid.
The Asphalt Jungle … Dead Presidents … The League of Gentlemen … Ocean’s Eleven … Rififi … Reservoir Dogs … Sexy Beast … Quick Change … Double Indemnity … Bound … Angel Face … Set It Off … Ocean’s Eight … The Italian Job … Inception … That Sinking Feeling … The Big Short … The Wolf of Wall Street … Point Break … Heat … Infernal Affairs … Mission Impossible … The Wrong Trousers … Entrapment … The Great Train Robbery … The Killing … Baby Driver … Good Time … Dog Day Afternoon … The Driver … The French Connection … Night Moves … ibid.
The fog of war – what better time for a robbery. The Tenth Man 1988 starring Anthony Hopkins & Kristin Scott Thomas & Derek Jacobi & Cyril Cusack & Brenda Bruce & Timothy Watson & Paul Rogers & Peter Jonfield & Geoffrey Bayldon & Michael Attwell et al, director Jack Gold, blond bloke
We are living in very precarious times. Americans are being robbed blind and they don’t even know who’s doing the robbing. Frank Farah, WorldNetDaily online
What is robbing a bank compared with founding a bank? Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera
The essential point here is that all people with small, insecure incomes are in the same boat and ought to be fighting on the same side. Probably we could do with a little less talk about capitalist and proletarian and a little more about the robbers and the robbed. George Orwell, The Road To Wigan Pier
Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. Leviticus 19:13
A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves. Luke 10:30
Now Barabbas was a robber. John 18:40
And thus in time, yea, even in the space of not many years, they became an exceedingly great band of robbers; and they did search out all the secret plans of Gadianton; and thus they became robbers of Gadianton. Book of Mormon: Helaman 11:26
Once he was invincible on the field and off. O J: Guilty in Vegas, CI 2017
‘We were just robbed at gunpoint by O J Simpson.’ ibid. 911 call 13th September 2007
‘Everything – it could have been possibly as high as a hundred thousand dollars.’ ibid. evidence
14th September 2007 12:35 p.m.: Detectives make contact with Simpson at his hotel suite. He makes multiple incriminating statements. ibid.
‘Opened up the door and that’s when all hell broke loose.’ ibid. witness
Robberies are simple. It’s all about firepower … This is going to be a professional job. Trailer Park Boys s1e6: Who the Hell Invited These Idiots to My Wedding? Julian
This is the story of the world’s most successful diamond thieves. Storyville: Smash and Grab – The Story of the Pink Panthers, BBC 2013
‘Big and exclusive heists, mostly in Europe ... Bahrain, they went to Japan, they went to Dubai.’ ibid. female rozzer
‘And then finally we had the idea – just hire the shop next door.’ ibid. male gangsta
‘They have committed over 100 robberies around the world and so far eluded capture.’ ibid. news report
The total brought to justice is now 189. ibid. caption
The wire-taps revealed that several organised crime families in New York were involved in the Bulgari heist. Bringing Down the Mob, National Geographic 2013
The detectives had stumbled on to a notorious band of serial burglars. They were nicknamed the Bypass Gang. ibid.
They were robbing New York blind, and seemed unstoppable. ibid.
Dominick Costa was the best safe-cracker around. ibid.
Portland, Oregon, 24 November 1971: A daring hijack that ends in terror … A middle-aged man dressed in a black suit and carrying a black attaché case boards the plane … The man demands $200,000 and four parachutes … The UnXplained with William Shatner s2e8: Outrageous Robberies, History 2022
And a bizarre bank robbery with a time bomb ticking down to zero … Brian Wells [victim] walked out of the bank with only a fraction of the amount of money he demanded … The bomb detonated and Brian Wells died instantly. ibid.
Boston, Massachusetts, 18 March 1990: A baffling heist in which priceless paintings vanish into thin air … The largest property theft in American history, a museum heist in which priceless pieces of art were taken and to this day are still missing. ibid.
In recent years there has been an increasing number of so-called cyber crimes in which criminals illegally exploit computer systems to do everything from stealing a single person’s identity to manipulating the global financial system. ibid.
Six hundred bitcoin mining computers stolen in Iceland: Total of 11 people have been arrested so far in connection with the ‘big bitcoin heist’. ibid. online article