Tag: bank robbery

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The Trenchcoat Robbers

Ray Bowman and Billy Kirkpatrick, who began boosting together as teenagers, were arrested only twice during their prolific partnership. The first time was for stealing 38 records from a K-Mart in 1974. The second arrest came in 1997. In between, Bowman and Kirkpatrick robbed 27 banks, including the single biggest haul in United States history: $4,461,681 from the Seafirst Bank in suburban Tacoma.

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The Rise and Fall of the Bombshell Bandit

How a 24-year-old nurse discovered Vegas, high-stakes gambling, and serial bank robbery.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists
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Boom: Inside a British Bank-Bombing Spree

They were an ordinary pair of small-time criminals in the UK. Then they figured out how to blow up an ATM.


Previously: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists

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“I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family”

Scott Catt was a single dad trying to make ends meet, so he started robbing banks. Then he needed accomplices, so he asked his kids.

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Forensic Topology

How architecture has made Los Angeles a bank robber’s paradise.

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The Case of the Bank-Robbing Prostitutes

How a struggling comedian became a pimp who eventually started sending teenage hookers on bank robbery missions that earned them notoriety as the “Starlet Bandits.”

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How A War Hero Became A Serial Bank Robber

An Iraq War veteran assuages his PTSD with bank heists.

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In Virginia's Fairfax County, Robbing Banks for the CIA

A captured bank robber makes a remarkable claim.

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The Last Ride of the Polo Shirt Bandit

The most prolific bank robber in Texas history.

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Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

The story of Attila Ambrus, who was released from jail this morning in Hungary. Nicknamed the Whiskey Robber because witnesses always spotted him having a double across the street prior to his heists, Ambrus only stole from state-owned banks and post offices, becoming a Hungarian folk hero during his seven years on the lam. While on his spree he was also the goaltender for Budapest's best-known hockey team and was arguably the worst pro goalie ever to play the sport, once giving up 23 goals in a single game. Excerpted from Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts.
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The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob

Peggy Jo Tallas spent most of her adult life doing two things: taking care of her ailing mother and robbing bank after bank dressed as a pudgy, bearded cowboy.

More: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists
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The All-American Bank Heist

Having fallen on hard times, a former football star and the pride of his small town decides to rob the local bank. His weapons of choice: Craigslist, bear mace, and an inner tube.

A selection from our guide to bank heists for Slate.