Huge money heists are not just made up in movies – they really do happen! Before technology and constant surveillance, robbers were able to get away with millions upon millions of dollars worth of valuable items through tenacious planning. These were so thought out, half of the time the police didn’t even end up solving the crimes.
The Great Train Robbery
In one of the most complicated and eloquently planned train robberies of all time, The Great Train Robbery of 1963 had cops out all over the place. After months and months of planning, a gang of 15 men led by Bruce Reynolds was able to hijack and change the rail signals, cut any telephone lines, and hop onto the Royal Mail train to overtake it and essentially ‘steal’ it. They assaulted the men on board, made them lie on their stomachs on the floor, and handcuffed together. There were 128 sacks of high-value packages, and they stole 120 of them.