ANTHONY CURCIO (born September 1, 1980) is an American former
criminal turned author and speaker. In 2008, Curcio was responsible
for one of the most elaborately planned armored car heists in US
history. He was eventually arrested and sentenced to six years in
federal prison. Upon his release from prison he has devoted his life
to working with youth in the field of drug abuse and crime prevention,
speaking to students and athletes across the U.S. He has been
featured in GQ , Esquire ,
* 1 Early life * 2 Brink\'s robbery * 3 Arrest * 4 Prison * 5 Release * 6 References * 7 External links
Curcio was born and raised in
Curcio would later go on to play football at his father’s alma
University of Idaho
After completing a 21-day in-patient program, Curcio now sober, started his first business called "Tony’s Gaming", which bought and sold casino tables and other gaming merchandise. Curcio expanded his business by leasing a commercial space and adjacent storage. Within few months of being open to the public, Tony’s Gaming was unexpectedly shut down. The Washington State Gambling commission and local police raided Tony’s Gaming and confiscated the inventory, stating Curcio did not possess the proper permits.
Under increasing financial pressure Curcio relapsed and began forging prescriptions on his computer. He later became aware that the police raid was due to influence from a real estate broker who had financial interest in a local casino. Curcio attempted to retain legal representation in the case but was denied services by local attorneys already debriefed by the real estate investor/casino owner.
Curcio and several of his associates retaliated against the casino owner by breaking into his businesses and removing computers, files and documents from the offices he owned.
Curcio continued to maintain an outward appearance that resembled a
successful business owner and family man. He graduated from college,
married his high school sweetheart, had two daughters and would later
own a real estate investment company based in
However, he was living two different lives. As his addiction
progressed so did his involvement in illegal activities. By his mid
20s, Curcio had already organized several high-dollar thefts, scams,
and loan-sharking schemes, and was also behind a sports memorabilia
Curcio’s real estate investment business took a heavy downturn when the economy collapsed in 2008, leaving him with several homes on the verge of foreclosure and vehicles near repossession among other outstanding personal debts.
With assets and bank accounts depleting Curcio hatched the idea to rob a Brink’s armored car.
For three months Curcio observed a Brink\'s armored car make its
deliveries to the
Bank of America
When he considered police protocol in responding to robberies, the location of the bank and their containment of roads he realized he needed a good getaway plan. That’s when he decided on using the local river to escape.
After weeks of hand-dredging the river (Woods Creek ) and a failed practice attempt using a jet ski for the getaway, he changed his approach and created a cable pulley system to quickly pull himself, and large bags of cash, upstream in the river using a connected canvas-wrapped inner tube .
Curcio's planning culminated with an advertisement he placed on
On September 30, 2008, Curcio, dressed identically to his decoy applicants, pretended to work the grounds near the bank. Wearing a blue shirt, jeans, yellow safety vest, work boots and painter’s mask, he pepper-sprayed the Brink's armored-car guard who was pushing a dolly loaded with money into the bank. The pepper spray forced the guard to reach for his eyes and release the cart that held the money. Curcio grabbed two bags of money, containing more than $400,000, and ran toward the creek. Meanwhile, police arrived to find the bank’s parking lot filled with men matching the robber’s description.
At the water’s edge, Curcio threw the money into the inner tube,
and he pulled himself down the creek with the cables he had previously
strung. He travelled about 200 yards downstream and exited the creek
behind several businesses on the opposite side of the highway as the
bank. Curcio removed his wig and construction outfit that had been
Curcio’s careful planning and unusual getaway gained national
attention. The timing of the robbery came days after announcements of
the government’s bank bailout package that included Bank of America.
The unique robbery techniques gained notoriety for the mysterious
robber who was referred to as the "
Curcio’s undoing would come a month later when a homeless man
reported to police that several weeks before the robbery he had seen a
man drive up to the
Bank of America
After Curcio returned from a trip to
Las Vegas, Nevada
With only circumstantial evidence connecting Curcio to the crime he initially bonded out but a month later (January 2009), his bond was revoked and he was returned to custody after being suspected of witness tampering .
Later details would reveal that $220,000 was recovered after an
associate of Curcio's came forward to make a deal with the
All of the money except what Curcio paid to the getaway driver and other accomplices was eventually recovered.
Curcio was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison and served his time in FCI Big Spring , FCI La Tuna and Coleman Correctional Complex .
While being housed in FCI La Tuna, Curcio became close with fellow
During this time Curcio was with two inmates who had previously assaulted another inmate. While prison authorities knew Curcio was not involved in the attack, authorities still held him ‘under investigation’ until the case had been resolved. Curcio spent seven months in solitary confinement for this affiliation. In solitary he received beatings, witnessed suicides and would have cockroaches crawl all over his body at night. Upon his release, he wrote the book Heist and High, promising to help others from making the decisions he had.
Throughout the duration of his sentence Curcio wrote and illustrated over 20 children’s books including one aimed at the children of incarcerated parents titled My Daddy’s in Jail.
Curcio finished his incarceration at USP Coleman in Florida where he completed a drug-treatment program and was released from custody in April 2013.
Curcio was released April 4, 2013 and returned to the Seattle area, reuniting with his wife and two daughters. He has since been working with youth and giving presentations regarding drug abuse prevention and the importance of making positive choices. He speaks to middle schools, high schools and universities across the U.S.
Curcio has been featured on several media platforms using his story to increase awareness regarding addiction. His book Heist and High (Nish Publishing, 286 pages) was released June 21, 2013 and has been the recipient of several awards.
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