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It is a Steal! CNBC’s ‘Tremendous Heists’ Revisits A few of Historical past’s Greatest, Most Brazen Burglaries


A multi-million dollar robbery from a high-security warehouse is a common Hollywood conspiracy, but CNBC looks back on the most infamous, real-life heists of Ocean in the six-part true crime series Super Heists (Mondays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting August 9). The stories of some of the biggest and most audacious break-ins are told from the perspective of the perpetrators and the law enforcement detectives who caught them. The capers of the Super Heists include:

All the president’s money? (1972) Thieves planned to steal millions from a California bank vault that allegedly contained a slush fund for President Richard Nixon.

Secrets of the Transy Book Heist (2004) Four young men overpower a librarian and attempt to steal $ 12 million worth of rare books from the Special Collections Library at Transylvania University in Kentucky.

A van full of dollars (1997) Stealing more than $ 17 million from the vault of an armored car company in Charlotte, North Carolina, inspired comedy Masterminds in 2016.

Carnegie Library Caper (1992-2017) An archivist stole $ 8 million worth of rare books, maps, and manuscripts from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh for 25 years.

Burglary at Banco Central (2005) Thieves broke into the vault of Banco Central in Fortaleza, Brazil, and stole nearly four tons of uninsured cash.

Picasso pinch (2011) New Jersey man Mark Lugo walked into a San Francisco art gallery and walked out with a $ 200,000 drawing by Pablo Picasso.

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