Anthony J. 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, 20/20, Fox News,
NBC among others.
1 Early life
7 External links
Curcio was born and raised in Monroe, Washington. As a teenager, he
was popular and talented and voted captain of both football and
basketball teams at Monroe High School. Curcio broke many records in
football and received several honors and awards for his play in both
Curcio would later go on to play football at his father’s alma
University of Idaho
University of Idaho which had been his childhood dream.
While returning a punt in practice, Curcio tore his anterior cruciate
ligament, ending his promising college football career and introducing
him to the powerful pain killer Vicodin. Curcio quickly became
addicted to the prescription pills. Soon after, he began
experiencing withdrawals and even injured himself intentionally by
kicking an oak coffee table repeatedly in order to obtain more pills.
With family pressure Curcio agreed to enter a drug/alcohol treatment
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 Seattle, Washington.
Anthony Curcio under the surveillance of the FBI
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
ABC News stated that Curcio was spending
nearly $15,000 a month on his increasing drug habit that now also
included cocaine and benzodiazepines. Although he had completed
four drug and alcohol treatment programs, relapse was never far away.
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
Bank of America branch in Monroe, Washington, and he
took notes of the schedule and diagrammed locations of the bank’s
cameras and the armored car’s blind spots. He also estimated how
much money was being transferred to the bank and how much was being
removed via ATMs.
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
Craigslist a few days before the robbery. The online ad sought 15 to
20 workers for a fictitious city cleanup project, promising $28.50 an
hour. The laborers were told to wear jeans, a blue shirt, work shoes
and a yellow safety vest. The ad also told the applicants they needed
to bring safety goggles and a painter’s mask. The ad directed them
to meet in the
Bank of America
Bank of America parking lot at the exact time Curcio
planned to rob the armored car.
Brink's armored car after the robbery (September 30, 2008)
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
Velcro revealing different attire underneath. He hopped in
a getaway vehicle and left.
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 "
Craigslist Robber" and "D.B.
Tuber", after the 1970s hijacker D. B. Cooper.
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
Bank of America parking lot and retrieve a
disguise from behind a trash bin. The homeless man found it suspicious
enough to write down the license number of the car that he would later
provide to police. The car was registered to Curcio.
After Curcio returned from a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, the
surveillance on him as a suspect in the robbery. Local authorities
then retrieved a drink bottle that Curcio disposed of at a gas station
with a sample of DNA and compared it to the DNA from the face mask and
wig discarded a short distance from the scene of the robbery. The DNA
from the bottle matched the DNA from the items left at the scene, and
Curcio was later arrested in
Lake Stevens, Washington
Lake Stevens, Washington getting out of a
luxury SUV with $17,000 in cash.
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
Later details would reveal that $220,000 was recovered after an
associate of Curcio's came forward to make a deal with the
local police. Curcio refused to cooperate with authorities and no
other charges were ever filed against any of Curcio's unnamed
All of the money except what Curcio paid to the getaway driver and
other accomplices was eventually recovered.
George Jung and Curcio in La Tuna, Federal Prison
Curcio was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison and served his
time in FCI Big Spring,
FCI La Tuna and Coleman Correctional
While being housed in FCI La Tuna, Curcio became close with fellow
inmate George Jung. Jung encouraged Curcio to write a book, and put
him in touch with author/biographer Dane Batty and the two began
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
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
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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^ a b "Heist And High - Nish Publishing".
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