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On this day in 1950 a group of men including “Specs” O’Keefe and “Jazz” Maffie along with several others who lacked humorous 50s era nicknames stole more than two million dollars worth of property, including over $1M in cash, from a Brink’s armored car depot in the North End neighborhood of Boston. The heist, which was accomplished without bloodshed, has inspired imaginations ever since for its near perfect timing. The theives were caught in 1956, which was close to the statute of limitations for the crime.

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