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Description of Subject Matter: Site of the Great Brinks Robbery
This parking garage was the site of what was - at the time - the largest cash robbery in history.
At this site, now a parking garage, once stood Boston’s Brinks offices: the holy grail of many aspiring bank robbers.
In 1950 the biggest robbery at that time in US history took place here: the Great Brinks Robbery. Over 1.2 million in cash and over 1.5 million in checks were heisted.
Eleven perpetrators planned and trained for two years for the big day - they’d even had six false starts that were called off for various reasons. To hide their identities the robbers wore Halloween masks and silenced their footsteps with rubbers.
After six years of searching all of the culprits were eventually found, but only about $50,000 of the stolen money was ever recovered. There’s a plaque on the front of the garage describing the robbery.
The above was from https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/site-of-the-great-brinks-robbery
Wikipedia Description: Great Brink's Robbery
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The Great Brink's Robbery was an armed robbery of the Brink's Building at the east corner of Prince St. and Commercial St. in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1950. Today the building is a parking garage located at 600 Commercial Street.
The $2.775 million ($28.9 million today) theft consisted of $1,218,211.29 in cash and $1,557,183.83 in checks, money orders, and other securities. It was then the largest robbery in the history of the United States, and remained so until 1984. The robbery, skillfully executed with few clues left at the crime scene, was billed as "the crime of the century". It was the work of an eleven-member gang, all of whom were later arrested.
Joseph "Big Joe" McGinnis was the originator of the heist, according to information later gleaned from Joseph "Specs" O'Keefe. He brought in Anthony Pino and Stanley "Gus" Gusciora.
O'Keefe and Gusciora secretly entered the Brink's depot; they picked the outside lock with an ice pick and the inner door with a piece of plastic. They later temporarily removed the cylinders from the five locks, one at a time, so that a locksmith could make duplicate keys for them. Once this was done Pino recruited seven other men, including Pino's brother-in-law Vincent Costa, Michael Vincent "Vinnie" Geagan, Thomas "Sandy" Francis Richardson, Adolf H. "Jazz" Maffei, Henry Conan D., James "Guillemets" Faherty, and Joseph Banfield.
The gang decided to wait for the optimal time for their heist. Pino studied schedules and was able to determine what the staff was doing based on when the lights in the building windows were on. O'Keefe and Gusciora stole the plans for the site alarms. The gang members entered the building on practice runs after the staff had left for the day. Costa monitored the depot from a room of a tenement building across Prince Street from the Brink's building. By the time they acted, the gang had planne ...More...
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2019 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(May/June) a two-day jaunt to New York City for my 62nd birthday,
(July) two-weeks out west for San Diego Comic-Con and sites in Utah,
(August) a four-day jaunt to Massachusetts to experience rain in another state,
(August) a three-day trip to Asheville, NC to visit Dad and his wife Dixie,
(August) another two-day jaunt to New York City (United Nations, Flushing).
That's it so far!
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.