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    The Art of the Steal (2009)

    When art collector Albert C. Barnes passed away in 1951, his will specifically stipulated that his extensive collection was not to be moved from its home at The Barnes Foundation in suburban Philadelphia. Despite his request that the location serve primarily as a school of art, art criticism and appreciation, the foundation also functioned […]

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    Gone in 60 Seconds

    The London Programme investigates the 27 million pound crime wave that is seeing thousands of bicycles stolen from the capital’s streets everyday. Our reporter catches some professional bike thieves in action, tracks what happens to stolen bikes and finds out just how easy it is to steal a bicycle from some well known city […]

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    The Black Market (2015)

    Fueled by the huge demand for luxury goods, cargo thieves stop at nothing to get their product into the black market. Police are upping their game and finding new ways to catch criminals in the act. From sting trailer operations to checking every cell phone that crosses the country, police are closing in. imdb […]

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    The Brinks Mat Gold Robbery (1985)

    The Brink’s-Mat robbery occurred early on 26 November 1983 when six robbers broke into the Brink’s-Mat warehouse, Unit 7 of the Heathrow International Trading Estate near Heathrow Airport in west London. At the time, it was described as “the crime of the century”. The gang gained entry to the warehouse from security guard Anthony […]

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    The Great Train Robbery (2012)

    A look back at the August 1963 Royal Mail train heist, featuring interviews with key figures including Ronnie Biggs’ ex-wife Charmian, relatives of the robbers, and the police officers who discovered the gang’s hideout at Leatherslade Farm. The programme looks at how some media reports led to a popular perception of the culprits as […]

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    The Great Train Robbery’s Missing Mastermind? (2012)

    Investigative author Andrew Cook sheds light on evidence that challenges the classic view of the Great Train Robbery of August 8, 1963, which saw thieves raid a Royal Mail train in the wake of a summer marred by the scandals of the Profumo Affair and Kim Philby’s defection to the Soviet Union. The writer […]

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    The Investigators: Lone Fugitive (2008)

    Death Valley in California’s Mojave is aptly named. It is the lowest spot in the continental United States and the hottest by far. Temperatures can average 120 ° F (50 C) in the shade and since no trees grow there there is precious little shade and less water. The country is a true wilderness. […]

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    The Last Days of John Dillinger (1971)

    John Herbert Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an infamous American gangster in the Depression-era United States, who operated with a group of men known by some as the Dillinger Gang or Terror Gang, that was accused of robbing 24 banks and four police stations, among other activities. Dillinger escaped from […]

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    The Panama Papers: Secrets Of The Super Rich (2016)

    Top secret deals in Panama allows the rich to build vast banks of hidden wealth. Kings, criminals, presidents and prime ministers have been outed for dodging the rules and having assets stashed in tax havens abroad. In the biggest ever leak of such information, 11.5 million documents handed over to a German newspaper last […]

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    The Pirates of Somalia: The Untold Story (2011)

    Greed, lust, revenge. The motivations of the young, psychologically damaged Somali pirates. Personally immerse yourself with these rogue mercenaries as we follow one man’s infiltration of a dangerous crew, all for the sake of research and exposure. Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a threat to international shipping since the second phase […]

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    The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings (2011)

    Art Crime is an industry worth billions of pounds, with around 47,000 works of art reported missing each year. Yet it’s a world glimpsed only occasionally, in fleeting news headlines when valuable works vanish or – even more rarely – when they reappear. But it is a story of our times: of desire, money, […]

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    To Kill a Burglar: The Tony Martin Story (2006)

    Tony Martin, the Norfolk farmer who shot a teenage boy in the back as he tried to burgle his isolated farmhouse, was found guilty of murder and sent to prison for life at the end of a case that touched a raw nerve across rural Britain. In spite of cries of “yes, yes” and […]