Remembering the largest heist in American history
Around 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, 1950, the Brink's garage at 155 Prince St. was held up and robbed by a gang that got away with $2.78 million in cash, checks and securities.
The mask-clad hoods spent more than a year casing the joint - they even staged several overnight break-ins to steal locks from which to make keys, then returned the locks to their doors - and left behind few clues. But an embittered Specs O'Keefe turned on the other ten gang member after three failed attempts to rub him out and when he realized - while sitting in a jail in Springfield on other charges - that they'd taken all his money.
Most of the money was never recovered; the FBI says a good chunk was spent on legal bills as the feds and the state slowly closed in on the gang.
The Brink's facility still stands, although it's now a common run-of-the-mill parking garage, with an address of 600 Commercial St.
- Short version from Wikipedia.
- Longer version from the FBI, which focuses on the hunt for the robbers.
- Even longer version - Stephanie Schorow's "The Crime of the Century."
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There was a great Peter Faulk movie on this
Filmed around Boston ~1978. I remember great scenes filmed at Doyle's in JP and on the old Dudley Street Orange Line stop.
Not available on standard
Not available on standard DVD.
-for posting these stories. History is one of the things that I love about living here.
If I'm not mistaken the
If I'm not mistaken the Brinks job was the largest heist in American history until the heist at JKF in the late 70s/early 80s.
what is JKF?
haven't heard of that one before.
I assume it's this heist
Just a wee typo there.
Sorry I meant JFK
Sorry I meant JFK