Today in History – January 17, 1950

On the evening of January 17, 1950, a group of masked and armed men robbed the Brink’s Building in Boston’s North End, stealing more than $1 million in cash alone. The theft, called the “crime of the century,” was the largest to date in U.S. history.

Read the New York Times’ next-day account of the robbery .

See images of the robbers and learn details about the investigation on the FBI’s web page The Brinks Robbery.

Find out about this “crime of the century” through the article “Brink’s Robbery” in Salem History’s Decades in America.

―Posted by the Reference staff


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