The biggest heists of all time made national headlines and seized millions of dollars. No matter how secure you think you are, this can happen. You might not lose millions, but these robberies are a reminder that security is key. Check out the most robberies to date:
Amount Stolen: $17.3 million Location: Charlotte, NC Year: 1997 The Crime: David Ghantt, an employee of Loomis Fargo in Charlotte, NC, and friends filled a company van with more than 2,000 pounds of money. Ghantt went to Mexico. The FBI made over 20 related arrests in March of 1998. The Time: Ghantt served 11 years before being released.
$2 million of the stolen money is still unaccounted for, and Ghantt has not shared more information. The robbery later became the center of the Hollywood movie, Masterminds.
Amount Stolen: $18.9 million Location: Los Angeles, CA Year: 1997 The Crime: In 1997, Allen Pace, a Dunbar Armored employee, got away with $18.9 million in cash in a U-Haul after being fired from the company. Allen Pace and his fellow robbers created a plan to tie-up employees and access money from the company’s vault – which was often left open, according to Pace. The Time: Pace is currently serving a 24-year sentence.
Amount Stolen: $30 million Location: Laguna Niguel, CA Year: 1972 The Crime: A group of eight robbers, led by Amil Dinsio, robbed the United California Bank vault. Dinsio’s group got away with $30 million. This was one of many bank vaults that Dinsio and his brothers robbed, Dinsio confessed to nearly one hundred. He also confessed to taking nearly $12 million of President Nixon’s money, jewelry and bonds during the heist. The Time: Dinsio served 30 years.
Amount Stolen: $1.6 million Location: New York, NY Year: 1998 The Crime: Ralph Guarino and his men entered One World Trade Center and stopped Brinks’ guards that were making a $4 million bank delivery. According to CNN, the robbers handcuffed the guards, seized nearly $1.6 million and sent the guards to the 22nd floor in the elevator. The Time: Guarino was able to escape to Albuquerque, NM before being arrested. He entered the Witness Protection Program as an FBI informant.
Robberies can be scary, unpredictable and dangerous. Here are a few tips to stay safe whether at home or on the go.
Install a home security system at home to get instant alerts when sensors are triggered. It’s a plus to add professional monitoring so specialists can alert emergency responders to emergencies at your home even when you’re not.
Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t walk alone at night. Instead, use a car service and always let someone know your location. If you must walk, it’s recommended to walk towards oncoming traffic.
Carry a personal alarm or download a safety app to call for help if you think you’re in danger. Remember, to always dial 9-1-1 and seek safe shelter, first.
Lock your car and hide your personal belongings. It’s best to leave valuables at home. It can only take a few seconds for thieves to search your seats, trunk and consoles for your valuables.
Trust your gut. If something seems suspicious leave immediately and alert emergency authorities. Don’t stick around to assess the situation for yourself. It could be dangerous.
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