Heist movies are a criminally (get it?) underrated genre of film. Ocean’s Eleven, Heat, Bank Job, every Guy Ritchie movie, etc. And apparently real-life thieves are taking inspiration from the big screen and applying it to their careers. The London Metropolitan Police recently unveiled a series of photos from a bank robbery that come straight from the best heist movies. Here are the pictures.
First the robbers disabled the elevator so they could climb down to the shaft to get to the vaults, which were located in the basement.
Next, they figured out a way to pry open the metal doors. How? Who knows, if people knew how to do that, they probably would’ve replaced them with unbreakable doors.
Unlike in movies, vault doors are actually incredibly complicated to crack.
So they decided to drill through 20-inch thick concrete. That’s almost two whole feet of pure concrete. That’s no easy task.
The hole they made was 18 inches wide and 10 inches tall. But it was enough to sneak at least one person into the vault.
They ended up getting away with 70 deposit boxes with over $300 million worth of jewelry and cash.
Do you need to buy the movie rights to anonymous bank robbers? Because this has classic Scorsese movie written all over it.
Joseph Misulonas is an editorial assistant for Playboy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.