As much as we like to be assured that our money is sitting safely inside a bank vault, there’s something about the audacity of a bank heist that captures the imagination. Why else would there be so many successful films depicting them?
Spectators generally like to focus on superlatives: either the most massive robberies or the most fruitless ones. But the actual heist is only the beginning of the story. What happens afterward is just as important, which is why we rounded up some foreign bank robbers who were caught — or at least identified — but still managed to turn things around for themselves.
We’d like to say that all these criminal masterminds switched from being antagonists to protagonists, overcoming their thieving ways.
Life After the Heist
However, just as spectators like to focus on extremes, these criminals are a varied bunch, the likes of which can be hard to believe. One of the robbers in our slideshow snitched out was forced to live under police protection until the day he died. Many gained notoriety for their unique style of bank robbing, such as a Canadian robber that in total accumulated over $10 million in a span of speedy heists.
Most of these men had a cheeky flair they managed to retain long after their bank robbing days. For instance, one thief resourcefully distracted a judge in order to make a quick getaway out the window (whether he was caught or managed to escape to freedom you’ll just have to stick around to learn about). Interestingly enough, their crime-strewn days actually lead a good number of these thieves to lucrative writing careers, in which they would pen their former glory days.
Others left a larger-than-life legacy by their anonymity — many of these robbers were never seen or heard from again. Stick around to separate the boys from the men, and the good from the bad, and leave your own verdict in the comments below.