- 1 Season
Heist is a documentary television series that originally aired on MSNBC in 2006. The show explores the stories of some of the most daring heists in modern history, featuring interviews with the perpetrators, law enforcement officials, and experts in crime and psychology.
Each episode focuses on a different heist, spanning a range of locations and criminal methods. The series also provides a detailed look at the investigation and pursuit of the criminals, as well as the aftermath of the crime.
The first episode, "The Brink's Job," details the infamous 1981 robbery of the Brink's armored car depot in Nanuet, New York. The heist was carried out by the Black Liberation Army, a militant group seeking the release of imprisoned members. The robbers made off with over $1.6 million in cash and killed two police officers and a security guard in the process. The episode features interviews with surviving members of the BLA, as well as former FBI agents who investigated the case.
Another episode, "The Great Train Robbery," follows the 1963 theft of £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train in Buckinghamshire, England. The robbers, who included career criminals and former soldiers, used a combination of explosives and inside information to execute the daring heist. The episode features interviews with surviving members of the gang, as well as experts in forensic analysis and criminal psychology.
Other episodes cover heists such as the 1997 theft of $17 million from the Loomis Fargo vault in Charlotte, North Carolina and the 2003 robbery of the Antwerp Diamond Center, in which thieves made off with over $100 million in diamonds, gold, and other valuables.
Throughout the series, Heist offers a nuanced perspective on the motivations behind these crimes, exploring factors such as poverty, desperation, greed, and political ideology. The show also delves into the psychology of the criminals and the law enforcement officials who pursue them, examining the tactics and strategies used on both sides of the law.
Heist combines compelling storytelling with in-depth research and analysis, making for a captivating and informative exploration of some of the most daring and audacious crimes in recent history. The show offers a unique window into the world of the criminal underworld and the people who dedicate their lives to catching them, providing viewers with a fascinating look at the human drama behind these high-stakes heists.
Heist is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on December 25, 2013.