On January 17, 1950, the Great Brink’s Robbery took place in Boston’s North End at the corner of Commercial and Prince Streets. Still known today as the “Brink’s Garage,” the property marks where $1,218,211.29 in cash and $1,557,183.83 in checks, money orders, and other securities were taken in the “crime of the century” and the largest robbery at the time. See a few photos below and read more at FBI.gov.

A detective inspects the Brink’s vault after the robbery. Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
A new lock is installed on the door at Brink’s after the robbery. Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
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3 COMMENTS

  1. This one is easy…. Walk over to Patricia Papas Apartment ing the North end and just ask her or her boyfriend. Yah her boyfriend would know. Better yet just drive into Charlestown knock on the Teamsters door. Perhaps Billy O’Brian would know. At least I’m sure his father, if alive would know. His father knows something about get-a-way cars. Or at least renting them.

  2. The bigger crime occurred during the filming of”The Brinks Job”.A NE wiseguy shook down the director of the film into paying him to have residents to remove their TV antennas (No cable back then) off their roofs to recreate the time period. There was even an attempt to steal the film that was already shot and kept in a trailer. The plan was to extort money for the film & sell it back to the director. As for the missing money Tony Pino told anyone who cared to listen that “If you want to become a successful thief became a lawyer because they got all the money”

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