Willie Sutton was casing a bank when he noticed that the manager looked a lot like Sutton himself, so he walked into the vault, loaded up with banknotes, and calmly walked out. D.B. Cooper hijacked a plane, demanded $200,000 in payment, and parachuted from the aircraft. He was never captured.
Other criminals in this book were no less brazen:
- Arthur Barry, the greatest jewel thief in American criminal history
- Vincente Perugia, who boldly stole one of the world’s greatest art treasures
- Amil Dinsio, one of the most accomplished bank vault robbers in the U.S.
- Victor Desmarais and Leo Martial, a hapless duo who bungled their getaway
- James Landis, who stole two bricks of freshly printed banknotes from his employer—the U.S. Treasury
- Adam Worth, the Napoleon of Crime
- the Great Train Robbers, who planned one of the largest heists of all time
- the five heisters of the Great Purolator Caper, whose ineptitude ensured capture
Be prepared for some high-stakes action in THIEVES! While many ended their careers broke and disillusioned, these impresarios of crime make for great reading.