The Masterminds

Season 1 Episode 4

The Riviera Job

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Aired Unknown Mar 26, 2004 on truTV
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The Riviera Job
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The Société Générale in Nice, France was considered to have one of the world's most secure vaults. With foot-thick walls and a 20 ton door, the wealthy of France were confident that their valuables were completely safe within the vault. But on July 14th of 1976, when the bank was closed for the Bastille Day holiday, the unthinkable happened. An elite robbery crew composed of former French military officers, career criminals and members of the Marseilles mob had breached the vault. Led by former paratrooper Albert Spaggiari, the gang toiled for two months digging a tunnel from a sewer line to the subterranean vault. When they finally broke through, they celebrated the event with a feast held in the vault. After the festivities, Spaggiari and his men spent more than a day looting the safety deposit boxes, amassing an estimated $18 million by the end of their escapade. The authorities were left without a clue, and even when Spaggiari egotistically boasted of his crime in public, his military training made him a difficult man to arrest...
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