Seven Million: A Cop, a Priest, a Soldier for the IRA, and the Still-Unsolved Rochester Brink’s Heist

Seven Million: A Cop, a Priest, a Soldier for the IRA, and the Still-Unsolved Rochester Brink's Heist Author Gary Craig
ISBN-10 1611688914
ISBN-13 9781611688917
Year 2017-05-02
Pages 296
Language English
Publisher ForeEdge
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On a freezing night in January 1993 masked gunmen walked through the laughably lax security at the Rochester Brinks depot tied up the guards and unhurriedly made off with 7 4 million in one of the FBIs top five armored car heists in history Suspicion quickly fell on a retired Rochester cop working security for Brinks at the timeas well it might Officer Tom OConnor had been previously suspected of everything from robbery to murder to complicity with the IRA One ex IRA soldier in particular was indebted to OConnor for smuggling him and his girlfriend into the United States and when he was caught in New York City with 2 million in cash from the Brinks heist prosecutors were certain they finally had enough to nail OConnor But they were wrong In Seven Million the reporter Gary Craig meticulously unwinds the long skein of leads half truths false starts and dead ends taking us from the grim solitary pens of Northern Irelands Long Kesh prison to the illegal poker rooms of Manhattan to the cold lakeshore on the Canadian border where the body parts began washing up The story is populated by a colorful cast of characters including cops and FBI agents prison snitches a radical priest of the Melkite order who ran a home for troubled teenagers on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and the IRA rebel whod spent long years jailed in one of Northern Irelands most brutal prisons and who was living underground in New York posing as a comics dealer Finally Craig investigates the strange sad fate of Ronnie Gibbons a down and out boxer and muscle for hire in illegal New York City card rooms who was in on the early planning of the heist and who disappeared one day in 1995 after an ill advised trip to Rochester to see some men about getting what he felt he was owed Instead he got was what was coming to him Seven Million is a meticulous re creation of a complicated heist executed by a variegated and unsavory crew and of its many repercussions Some of the suspects are now dead some went to jail none of them are talking about the robbery or what really happened to Ronnie Gibbons And the money Only a fraction was recovered meaning that most of the 7 million is still out there somewhere

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