this day in crime history: january 17, 1950

On this date in 1950, the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, MA was robbed of over $2.5 million in cash, checks and money orders. It took years for cops to solve the crime, but all eleven of the robbers were eventually arrested and convicted. The robbery inspired a 1978 movie starring Peter Falk.

FBI History: The Brinks Robbery

Wikipedia: Great Brinks Robbery

The Brinks Job (1978)

Friday Movie Quote – July 8, 2011


4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: january 17, 1950

  1. They probably would have gotten away with it if they hadn’t turned on each other afterwards (including kidnapping and attempted murder). I don’t have the brains to pull off a heist like this, but I think I have enough brains not to start a fight with people who have information that could land me behind bars.


  2. John D.:
    This is one movie where I thought Peter Falk REALLY did a masterful job.
    (That was one helluva haul for the 1950s..imagine what that would be in TODAY’S money)

    Good story.

    Roll safe.


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