The Banco Río Job

The Great Buenos Aires Bank Heist is a fascinating read, and almost difficult to believe. It felt like a cross between the movies Ocean’s Eleven and Inside Man.

I’m drawn to articles about crime, it seems. And this one definitely doesn’t disappoint. The group used a great deal of planning and ingenuity to pull off their heist, all without the use of violence or firearms.

Araujo had a crazy idea, and he shared it with his friend Sebastián García Bolster. This was a few years after the botched Ramallo heist had lodged itself in Araujo’s brain. It would be crazy to rob a bank but not leave, he mentioned to Bolster. To disappear through a hole. Bolster had been friends with Araujo since high school, and he agreed: That did sound like a wild way to rob a bank. But he assumed it was just some lark; his pal Araujo smoked a lot of weed.

To make things even more interesting, it seemed that in some ways… it was better for those involved to have been caught, ultimately.

There is definitely an allure to robbing banks, in that there are so many interesting ways one could pull it off. Most lead to prison or worse, but the idea that you could do it without being caught seems to be what pulls people in.

Well, that and a bit of money I suppose.

[image via Paul Lacolley]

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