10 Insane Bank Heists That Actually Worked


10 Insane Bank Heists That Actually Worked It doesn’t take much in the brains department
to stick on a ski mask, and start waving a gun around. But some crooks, take the act of bank robbery
to a whole new level. And while we’re certainly not suggesting
that you become a thief, it’s hard not to admire some of the outlandish, cunning, and
downright mad plans that criminals have come up with over the years. From devious disguises to slick schemes, here
are 10 Insane Bank Heists That Actually Worked… 10) South Malabar Gramin Bank – 2007
When you base your real life robbery off something you saw in a movie, chances it’s going to
end up pretty crazy. After all, cinematic heists tend to involve
dodging lasers, speeding cars, and blowing up… well, everything. In December 2007, the robbers rented a ground
floor restaurant in Chelembra, India. Claiming the restaurant would open in January
2008, they even set out tables and chairs to make the front more convincing. But their aim wasn’t wholesome family cooking. It was cracking into the bank on the floor
above. On the 30th of December, the gang drilled
through the floor and started grabbing all they could get their hands on. They made off with 80 kilograms of gold, as
well as 5 million rupees. The total value of the stolen goods came to
80 million rupees, or $1.2 million. The move was inspired by the Bollywood buddy-cop
film Dhoom, which also involves a gang of criminals digging through the floor of a bank
over New Year’s. Unbelievable as it seems, plagiarizing an
action movie heist worked out perfectly for the robbers, though they were eventually tracked
down two months later. I just hope no-one tries to copy Dhoom 3,
because apparently that means setting yourself on fire. 9) Nippon Trust Bank – 1968
The robbers above may have schemed, planned, and drilled their way into a million dollars. But this next guy stole even more with just
a costume and a smoke grenade. In 1968, four employees of the Japanese Nippon
Trust Bank were transporting some money across Tokyo in a car. And by “some money”, I mean 300 million
yen, or $3.4 million. As they drove past the prison, a man in a
Parole Officer’s uniform pulled them over. He told the group that there was a bomb under
their car, and he needed to take a look. I’m sure you’ve worked this out, but the
“Parole Officer” was actually a thief. A thief who, to this day, remains unnamed
and uncaptured. The Parole Officer crawled under the car and
set off his smoke grenade, bathing the car in smoke. Not desperate to blasted into pieces, the
group panicked, especially when the officer started yelling “It’s dynamite. It’s going to blow”. As the bank staff leapt out of the car, the
thief simply got in and drove away into the distance. 8) The Stopwatch Gang 1970s
While two minutes is barely enough time for most of us to skim the news or have a quick
go on Tinder, this group could finish a whole bank robbery in less time. The Stopwatch Gang were a group of three Canadian
men who terrorised Los Angeles banks throughout the 70s and 80s. They successfully committed a stunning 140
robberies, always timing themselves with stopwatches. Their signature tactic, that they would always
be in and out of the bank in less than 120 seconds, was also the secret to their success. Leaving so quickly allowed them to escape
before the police arrived, as well as minimising the risk of leaving evidence behind. [GRAPHICS: Can I get a fast-forwarded version
of a bank robbery with a little timer in the corner counting down two minutes?] It also meant that the gang never had to fire
a shot during any of their heists. Though there’s no way of knowing how many
millions the gang took from all their heists, their most famous robbery was stealing a stack
of gold bars worth $750,000 from Ottawa Airport. Which, kind of raises the question: who flies
with stacks of gold bars on them? Regardless, the group were eventually captured
after robbing a Bank of America branch. But considering their 140-robbery long streak,
it’d be hard to say their plan was anything short of excellent. 7) Societe Generale Bank – 1976
If The Stopwatch Gang brought a little Usain Bolt speed to the act of bank robbery, these
guys were perfectly happy to take things slow. After tunnelling into Nice’s Societe Generale
Bank on the Bastille Day bank holiday in 1976, Albert Spaggiari and his gang did the most
balls-out, Gallic thing imaginable. They sat around for the entire long weekend,
drinking wine and eating baguettes and cheese. When they did finally decide to stroll out,
they took 60 million francs. That’s $259 million in today’s money,
the largest amount ever stolen from a bank at the time. As an added insult, the entire crew defecated
in the bank’s collection of ornate bowls on the way out. With so much, um evidence, being left behind,
Sparriari was, unsurprisingly, caught. But his plan was far from over. On the day of his trial, Albert told the judge
he was hot and asked him to open the window. When the judge obliged, Spaggiari jumped straight
out of it and got onto motorbike his gang had left for him. Spaggiari rode off into the distance forever,
presumably while everyone else stared angrily at the judge. 6) Loughton Incinerator – 1990s
Did you know the government burns our money? I mean, we all know the government burns our
money. [EDIT: Show sideshow of headlines about government
waste/vanity projects over that last sentence] But I mean they also literally set fire to
it sometimes. The Loughton Incinerator in Essex is where
the Bank of England sets fire to banknotes that have become too worn down to use. It’s also where employee Christine Gibson
successfully stole £600,000, or $781,000, between 1994 and 1998. How did this one woman, with the help of three
accomplices, steal so much money? Simple. While her accomplices acted as lookouts, Christine
just shoved handfuls of cash down her underwear. The notes were hidden away in two separate
boxes, one with black keys and one white keys. Gibson was in charge of the black keys, but
stole and spray-painted a white key black, giving her access to both boxes of cash. As simple as the plan sounds, it’s actually
kind of clever. Since Gibson was the last person to handle
the notes before they were burnt, there was no chance of anyone noticing the money was
missing. Unfortunately, while Mrs Gibson’s plan was
simple and clever, her husband was just simple. One day, he wandered into a bank with £100,000
in stolen notes, triggering suspicion and the pair’s eventual arrest. 5) Chase Bank – 2010
Over the years, Darth Vader has built up quite a rap sheet for himself. He’s slashed armies to pieces with a lazer
sword, and murdered whole planets with a moon-sized space cannon. So to him, something like armed robbery probably
seems pretty minor. In July 2010, Darth Vader himself was filmed
robbing a Chase Bank in Long Island, New York. Okay fine, that might not actually be Darth
Vader. But considering the guy was never caught,
we don’t actually know who it was. On the 20th of July, the armed robber walked
into the bank with a pistol and started demanding the teller hand over the money. Despite the gun, the thief had to convince
snickering customers that this was a serious robbery, and not a joke or viral prank. Still, Vader had the last laugh. The simple plan succeeded, and he walked off
with an undisclosed amount of money. And this New York crook isn’t the first
robber to use the darth disguise. In March 2015, a man tried to hold up a credit
union in North Carolina in the outfit. And there are countless stories of store being
help up by the sith lord. I guess building a Death Star is really is
expensive. 4) The Crown jewels – 1671
In 1671, Colonel Thomas Blood decided to do something utterly insane: steal the Crown
Jewels. Pretending to be a priest, Blood took to walking
around the Tower of London and, over the course of weeks, befriended a tower guard. Eventually Blood convinced the guard to let
him and some friends visit the jewels privately. Once in the Tower, the group tied up the guard
and grabbed the jewels. But backup arrived, and Blood and company
were brought before King Charles II. Considering Blood didn’t even get out of
the tower, you might think the plan didn’t work. But the scheme was successful in a rather
unexpected way. You see, the King was so impressed by Blood’s
audacity that he pardoned the Colonel. In fact, the King even rewarded him with lands
in Ireland worth 500 pounds a year. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, remember
that A) he should have been hung for treason and B) inflation is a thing. That same amount in modern money? $23 million. A year. For theft. [DIRECTION: Incredulous]. And yet when I stole that printer from work,
it was considered a bad thing. 3) Lloyds Bank – 1971
This robbery has everything. Explosions, M15, conspiracies about the Royal
Family: the works. In September 1971, a group of thieves rented
a fashion shop called Le Sac. Because nothing says elegance and high fashion
like the word “Sac”. From the shopfront, the thieves tunnelled
under the road to the Lloyds bank opposite, digging only at weekends to minimise the risk
of being overheard. [EDIT: Footage or graphies depending on availability] They finally reached the bank floor on September
11th. There they used where they used a thermal
lance, which is basically an awesome cross between a spear and a flamethrower, and explosives
to break into the vault. This is where the story gets weird. You see, the gang were communicating via radio. And by chance, radio enthusiast Robert Rowlands,
happened to pick up their frequency while messing around with his device. He alerted the police, who swept every bank
within a 10 mile radius of Rowland’s receiver. The 650 banks they searched included the Lloyds
bank where the robbery was taking place. But since the thieves were in the vault at
the time, the cops never spotted them. The robbers fled with the modern day equivalent
of $43 million, never to be seen again. But ever since the robbery, conspiracies have
flown around about how the group were able to escape justice so easily. I mean, if the police literally turn up mid-robbery,
you probably deserve to get caught. Some theorists have even claimed the thieves
were actually an M15 team, sent in to retrieve embarrassing naked pictures of the Queen’s
sister, Princess Margaret. But here’s the real mystery, if the whole
thing took place on Baker Street, why didn’t the police just get Sherlock Holmes to help? 2) Bank of America – 2008
While most people just use Craigslist for job hunting or casual hookups, Anthony Curcio
had a far more ingenious plan in mind. In 2008, Curio placed an advert on the website
for landscapers, telling them he would pay them $28.50 an hour. Importantly, the advert clearly stated all
employees should show up wearing safety goggles, respirator masks, and a yellow vest, and that
they should meet outside the Bank of America in Seattle. At 11AM on September 30th, a dozen landscapers
turned up outside the bank: just in time to be used as decoys. You see, Curio was hiding in exactly the same
outfit. As an armoured car arrived outside the bank,
Anthony left out, pepper sprayed one of the guards, and made off past the crowd of decoys
a bag of cash. He then slid down a snowy hill on an inner
tube, and was picked up by a getaway driver. This caper netted Curio $400,000, and was
almost the perfect crime. But, a homeless man discovered a spare outfit
Curio had worn during a dress rehearsal, and Seattle police managed to recover some DNA
off it. Curio was arrested and sentenced to 6 years
in jail. But during his trial the prosecutor and even
the Assistant Attorney General took time to praise his ingenuity. Which, you know, probably didn’t make the
whole “being sent to jail” thing any better. 1) Andre Stander DRAFT 187
When the guy who played the Punisher wants to be in a movie about your life, you must
have been one badass dude. And Andre Stander was certainly that. Then he’d go back to his day job… as a
freaking policeman. Stander continued this insane double life
for years, often getting tasked with investigating the very robberies he’d committed. The plan was always simple. At lunchtime, Stander would steal a car and
turn up at the bank rocking a wig and fake mustache. He’d then quietly take whatever the teller
had, drive away, and return to work. This system worked, and between 1977 and 1980
Stander is believed to have hit about 40 banks. And he’d have gotten away with it too. Stander’s heists were perfect in their simplicity,
and the police had no idea their college was a serial bank robber. But while Andre’s plans were impressive,
his alcohol tolerance wasn’t. Stander drunkenly confessed to a friend at
a party in 1980, and was arrested when that friend immediately went to the police. So there you have it. It wasn’t a sloppy plan or brilliant detective
work that brought Stander down. It
was body shots.

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100 thoughts on “10 Insane Bank Heists That Actually Worked

  1. I wish he would have gone into more depth with that second one cuz that was set up for months but he made it sound like it was just some random guy with a flare (not a smoke grenade)

  2. Good video but I hate the fact that you are leaving out the best parts of the robberies from the story. Like #9 was not just a thief dressed as a cop robbing a car full of money. The guy had sent letters to the bank manager threating him that he give him $3 million or he'll blow up his house this obviously made the manager tighten the security but he kept getting the letters. Since the show must go on the bank continued making transfers. On that day the bank's car left with $3 million to pay bonus salaries to 500+ employees of Toshiba, this cop stopped the car, told em that the manager's home was blown and that the car could also have a bomb. He then went under the car and lighted a flare (not smoke bomb) hand asked the bank people to run and hide as far as possible and he ran away with the car. When the bank people finally checked, there was no explosion of any kind. It was all a set up.

    There are details like this missed on other entries as well…

  3. By the way it's not a laser sword . think about how can a laser bounce other lasers of it .its a force field type weapon why do think it's called a light saber

  4. I think the ninth one is featured in Kindaichi manga , in which the brain of the robbery was murdered by his accomplices and his girlfriend take revenge and murder all the accomplices. Fiction based on real life robbery ?.

  5. There's actually more to it at no 9 the robber actually threatened the owner of the bank to blow his house and rob his bank feeling unsafe he tell his 4 employee to take the money to safety then the "police officer" told them that the house blew up (which was a lie) and there's a chance their in trouble too so he check underneath the car and light up the signal flare. panic those employee runs away and hide while the theift drove of and take the money.

  6. The second heist at 2:20 in Tokyo had months of setup before hand of bomb threats to bank employees and the manager, which was why the employees were so eager to get out of the car.

  7. The Nippon Trust bank guy actually used a flare, not a smoke grenade, and some context to it is that the money was the bonus money for the employees.

  8. 3:54 It's Société Générale, not Societe… whatever those reverse commas are supposed to be.
    8:55 Le Sac means The Bag, so it kind of makes sense, especially with that logo literally being a fashion bag. There's also a movie based on that heist.

  9. You'd think after 140 successful heists and not being caught they would think "our luck surely has to run out, lets retire and use the millions of dollars weve stolen to live the rest of our lives in luxury"

  10. Wait that’s not what happened in the ninth heist at all. You either left out tons of info for the sake of brevity or at unaware.

  11. Wooow. You think that lady would have told her retarded husband not to take the stolen money into a bank..whether it's stolen that way or any other illicit means…you obviously don't let people know about it, legally or for tax reasons
    Some people are just too stupid to be criminals

  12. Oh hey, the inner tube bank robber did a YouTube video recently where he did a heist in GTA4 and commented on the realism and verisimilitude, it was really interesting.
    Has real estate investments that fell through in the 2000s and that was his only option I guess. It was nonviolent, and seemed like a nice guy. He got an extra year for involving the decoys.

    That last guy though, wtf why would you brag to some cunt

  13. I wonder if I'm related to the guy who got an estate for trying to steal crown jewels – w/ the charisma & balls that took, I figure there's a fair chance

  14. You idiot there wasn't a bomb under their car because there's more info and you can look at other YouTubers who covered this heist

  15. LMAO. 10:31. This guy has no idea what landscapers look like. I'm guessing his hands are as soft as a baby's bottom.

  16. You forgot the heist that intrigued me the most that took place in 2011. A white man who pleaded guilty to six robberies in Ohio used a black mask (worth over a grand, mainly for films), so lifelike that police initially arrested an actual black man for one of the crimes.

    The MOTHER of the WRONGLY ACCUSED black man, EVEN thought a photo of the robbery suspect she saw on television was a photo of her son.

    Conrad Zdzierak, 30, pleaded guilty Monday in Hamilton County Ohio to one count of aggravated robbery and five counts of robbery in a plea deal with prosecutors.

  17. so another YouTube video promoting … promoting….. what happen here…. is that all you believe this money game…. lol…. Dumb. …

  18. I don’t kno about a bank heist but check out the Dubai jeweler store robbery where they drove a car into the mall and threw the store window

  19. Number 2 is bs cuz he didnt slide down a snowy hill he got on a floaty n floated down the river n hide at the police station

  20. You forget the mob financed crew the hit banks on weekends, usually by cutting through the roof. They were based in Cleveland but hit mostly banks in California. I think its in the 70s or 80s.

  21. BRO TURN THE CAMERA OFF, TURN THE CAMERA OFF BRO – 2019 ATM heist by Nicholas Irving aka The Reaper on a ranch in Texas 😂

  22. #3 I saw a move based on that one! The one lady stealing the incinerator cash should be a modern heroine….by saving the money from burning, she was reducing the carbon footprint.

  23. 2013 bend Oregon USA,, man calls police and says there is a bomb in Costco. every cop in bend is dispatched to Costco. the man (or men) then rob a bank and get away clean and to this day (to my knowledge) still haven't been caught.

  24. I listened to pumped up kicks watched a bunch of school shootings and the grit who tried to kill Trump and now this I am on their watch list

  25. No Darth Vader is robbing banks and other places because he use the force 2 Glimpse the future and he saw what Disney was going to do to his legacy so he's just saving up for his golden parachute or awesome TIE fighter filled with Earth currency from a galaxy far far away🤪🤣😂🤣🤣🤣🤣💫

  26. The details in the construction worker one are off, he floated down a river on a tube not a snowy hill

  27. The information provided about #2 is incorrect
    1:there was no getaway driver. Cursio acted alone
    2: It wasn't snowing at all
    3: Respirators weren't part of the disguise

    You can check out the full interview with Cursio on 20/20 and verify this

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