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.
How a distillery worker in Kentucky stole hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of bourbon, one barrel at a time.
They were the New York crew that once pulled off the Lufthansa heist, one of the biggest thefts in American history and the basis for Goodfellas. Nearly 40 years later, most are dead. The survivors are old, broke, and snitching.
The detective work that led to the recovery of a trove of stolen Nazi art.
On the trail of a group of thieves stealing the fanciest wine out of San Francisco’s fanciest restaurants.Previously: The Longform Guide to Wine
The case of the disappearing Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.
How a 24-year-old nurse discovered Vegas, high-stakes gambling, and serial bank robbery.Previously: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists
“In essence, Pez ordered his economic assassination,” said a fellow Pez dealer.
He was a fixture in the kitchen of one of Seattle’s most celebrated restaurants, with plans to move to New York City to further his career. Then he robbed a bank.
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
Fifty years later, the men who stole priceless gems from the Museum of Natural History recall the crime.
The thin moral line between collecting and stealing plants.