Bank robber John Wojtowicz plotted some of his robbery based on scenes in The Godfather (1972) starring Al Pacino. Al Pacino later went on to play John in the Academy Award winning movie Dog Day Afternoon (1975) based on the robbery.
Lawrence John Ripple robbed a bank and then waited in the lobby, later telling the investigators he’d rather be in jail than with his wife.
A wanted robber known as “Roofman” created a secret hideout inside a Toys “R” Us. He played with toys, watched DVDs, ate baby food, and installed a baby video monitor to keep an eye on the store.
3 men whom broke into a luxury store in Germany and ran off with $6.8M worth of jewelry. They left behind a piece of evidence, sweat. DNA analysis led to not one but two suspects- identical twins. They couldn’t determine from which one. They went free.
A man walked into a Walmart wearing an employee vest, told a cashier that they were wanted in the office, helped the remaining customer in line, emptied the cash register, then walked right out. He may have robbed 3 other Walmart locations as well.
The “Grandpa Gang,” a group of men the oldest being 76, committed the biggest bank robbery in English history. After climbing down an elevator shaft and drilling through a concrete wall they stole more than $200 million in cash and jewels.
A Chicago man once robbed a Subway and then crossed the street to buy a Potbelly sandwich with the money.
Two Chicago men once tried to rob a restaurant with a squirt gun, but the owner told them he was too busy right now and to come back in an hour. They did. And the police were waiting for them.
In 1956 Paul Hogan shocked the art world by unhooking an Impressionist masterpiece from a wall in the Tate Gallery (London) and carrying it calmly out of the gallery. Despite being photographed by journalists while he was stealing it, he’s never been prosecuted.
An Ottawa shooter attempted to rob a McDonald’s with pointed stick. He wanted to be in jail because he believed it was the only way to overcome his crack cocaine addiction.