I liked that this piece had the entire story of a crime, from planning to prosecution, with some bonus criminal stupidity to boot.
In 2011 the Federal Reserve physically handled transfers of about $640 billion in cash. That’s about 35 billion bills. The money mainly passes through a handful of cash logistics companies, themselves a $14 billion sector of the U.S. economy. The most famous and important of these companies is Brink’s, which dates to 1859. It handles an average of about 250 flights worldwide each day, part of about 1,500 high-value shipments the company runs daily.
Despite the rivers of cash, surprisingly little is stolen. Armored carriers overall reported only 42 thefts in 2011, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On those rare occasions when money is snatched, however, things can get messy. In February 2012 a Garda driver in Pittsburgh allegedly shot his partner in the back of the head before driving off with $2.3 million. In December, four men shot a Loomis armored car driver in the face before taking the truck from a Maryland strip mall.