On September 17, 1930, the largest bank robbery in history was committed at the corners of 12th and O Streets in the small town of Lincoln, Nebraska.Â Seven bank robbers, some armed with Thompson machine guns, burst into the bank and forced the customers and employees to the ground.Â Within eight minutes they were gone with more than 2.7 million dollars.
An exhaustive investigation led to few clues.Â But quite suddenly, a break in the case revealed a much larger conspiracy that led to Chicago, and the perpetrators of the most infamous murder in the country, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
The lead would take Nebraska authorities into the notorious gang wars of Chicago, and directly to the man himself, Al Capone.Â With little power to do anything, it looked as though the criminals would get away with this extraordinary heist.
But then, quite inexplicably, all the money was given back.
The Great Heist explores this story, and reveals for the first time just why these infamous criminals returned every penny from the biggest heist in the history of the world.