When you manage to steal $74 million, you end up in the headlines. However, when you manage to do so without using a single weapon, you remain in history forever.
Back in 1963, a group of men led an attack on a Royal Mail train in a crime which would become known as the Great Train Robbery. The attack was led by 15 men with Bruce Reynolds at the head. Reynolds and his gang raided the train at the Mentmore Bridge (also known as Train Robbers’ Bridge and Bridego Bridge) in Buckinghamshire, UK. Apart from the 15 men, one retired train driver was also part of the raid. Reynolds received inside information from another accomplice – “The Ulsterman”. The gang didn’t bring any weapons and never used a single firearm during the attack.
The men managed to steal 2.5 tons of banknotes, which were estimated as being worth £2.5 million (the present day equivalent is nearly $74 million). The gang left behind 4.7% of the total money the train was carrying. The ringleaders of the gang were sentenced to 30 years behind bars.