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Top 10: Robberies

These dastardly criminals pulled off some of the most dangerous burglaries in history, but their crimes have yet to be solved

Robberies they got away with...

WILCOX TRAIN ROBBERY (1899)

Location: Wyoming, USA

Haul: Approximately $36,000, plus jewellery

Culprit: The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch from left to right: the Sundance Kid, William Carver, Ben Kilpatrick, Harvey Logan and Butch Cassidy
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As the railways expanded into the Wild West, trains carrying valuable goods found themselves victim to criminal bandits, such as the likes of Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and their Wild Bunch gang. In 1899, the gang (including the Sundance Kid, but Cassidy’s involvement is debated) held up a train as it passed through Wyoming and forced its sta to separate the carriages carrying cash from the main engine. Once inside, they blew open the safe, finding tens of thousands of dollars inside. To evade capture, the team had reportedly prepared a bunch of new, energetic horses, which would outrun any potential law enforcement on their tail. Rumour has it that some bank notes, with a burned corner from the explosion, would reappear later in faraway places such as Mexico and New York.

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