By Brian P. Wallace
Phil Cresta used to be no run-of-the-mill thief. Mastermind of the mythical Brink's armored truck theft and a string of numerous different high-stakes heists, he stole greater than ten million funds in escapades that regularly have been breathtakingly bold and every now and then marvelously creative. The robberies baffled either police and fellow outlaws for many years, and many of the crimes stay unsolved this present day. Now the open case documents of those memorable thefts might be closed as Cresta himself presents the genuine tale on how they have been deliberate and carried out.
Born in Boston's North result in 1928, Cresta used to be raised in an abusive family. He used to be despatched to harmony detention center as undefined, the place he realized the craft of identifying locks, a ability later honed in the course of remains on the Charlestown and Walpole prisons in Massachusetts. Following the Brinks theft in 1968, he was once wear the FBI's Ten so much sought after checklist, yet eluded the legislations for 5 years, residing in Chicago below an assumed identify. After serving time at Walpole for the Brinks task, Cresta died penniless in Chicago in 1995. but almost immediately prior to his demise, he published the complete volume of his dazzling capers to coauthor invoice Crowley, a retired Boston police detective.
Drawing from their wide conversations, this riveting page-turner chronicles how Cresta, besides companions "Angelo" and "Tony," pulled off robberies of jewelers, infrequent coin buyers, furriers, and armored vans, detailing the meticulous making plans that marked his felony occupation. Cresta's ultimate accounting is brimming with vibrant stories of betrayal, homicide, and intrigue in addition to a colourful solid of characters, together with mob bosses, clever men, informants, paid "ears," corrupt judges, a Hollywood starlet, or even the Mayor of Chicago.
Filled with drama, pressure, and humor, this soaking up saga takes the reader contained in the risky but exhilarating international of a existence devoted to crime.