A bank robber escaped the scene of a crime by hiring a dozen identically dressed and unwitting civilians to be standing at the exact place and time of the arrival of the armoured car he intended to hijack.
In December 2014, a guy dressed as Santa robbed a bank in San Francisco. The robbery took place during “Santacon”, an annual event in which hundreds of people dressed as Santa swarm Union Square.
A gang of brilliant French thieves used a vacuum cleaner to steal $800K from a bunch of grocery stores. The stores used a pneumatic tube system to convey their cash payments to their safes. They broke in and used the vacuum cleaner to suck the money out of the store vaults.
In 2006, $8 million were stolen from the Banco Rio branch in Acassuso, Argentina. During the robbery, the robbers ordered pizza for the hostages, sang happy birthday to a female lawyer, and then left a note that said they stole ‘money, not love’ before escaping on a boat.
A man taught himself how to pick the “unpickable” lock boxes of pay phones. He stole an estimated $500,000 in quarters from phones in 30 states, taunted the FBI, and was featured on America’s Most Wanted twice. After getting caught, he had to pay back $800.
In Japan in 1968, 4 bank employees were transporting 300M¥ in the trunk of a car. They were stopped by a young police officer, who claimed dynamite was on the car. When he crawled under to check and smoke came billowing out, they ran away. The “officer” then got in the car and drove away.
On a rainy March night in 1999, robbers climbed atop a Loomis, Fargo & Co. tractor-trailer truck while it was being driven down the highway, cut a hole in the thin aluminum roof and snatched 270 pounds of $20, $50 and $100 bills worth 2.3 million dollars before escaping undetected.
A man in Arizona stole a diamond worth 160,000$ and traded it for 20$ worth of weed.
In 2009 a man dressed as Santa robbed a Tennessee bank claiming he needed the money to “pay his elves”.
In Brazil it’s so common to get robbed in the streets that a lot of people carry an extra cellphone (they call it the “thief’s phone”) so they can give it to the robber when the crime happens.