Nation: Pass the Buck

Bank robberies are soaring

A stolen two-ton refrigerated fish truck lettered M. SLAVIN & SONS rolled into the underground garage of Chase Manhattan Bank's national headquarters in the Wall Street district last week carrying a cargo of armed robbers. Less than half an hour later, the truck drove out with over $2 million taken from a Brink's armored car. While the caper was the biggest and most professional of last week's heists in New York City, it was just one of 25 bank holdups in five days. New York's bank-robbery rate is up a whopping 27% so far over 1978's tally,...

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