Bank Burglar- Amil Dinsio
Amil Dinsio was a bank burglar who reportedly robbed hundreds of banks within his criminal career beginning in the 1960s. He grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and began robbing banks there and later targeted banks as far south as Florida. His biggest and most famous robbery was in the West Coast in California. There, Dinsio broke into the United Bank of California in 1972 and stole over $8 million in cash and jewels. It was the richest bank robbery of that time in America. Later, through a nationwide effort on the part of the FBI, Dinsio and his crew were caught because of left fingerprints in a house where they stayed at in California prior to the robbery and through the FBI noticing the crew's similar mode operations in other bank robberies done. For his role in the crime, Amil Dinsio was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Amil Dinsio was born and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, which was a depressed community and had so much crime influence that in 1963 the Saturday Evening Post called it "Crime Town USA." Dinsio was a folk hero there. He was famous for a string of robberies he had committed. Practicing his crime of vault heist since he was a teen, Dinsio gained tremendous experience in bank robberies that he had done all across the East Coast of the US. From one of his mob associates, he gains word that the United Bank of California is loaded with cash and jewelry. He and his gang case the bank and decide to make it the target of their next heist.
The United Bank of California was located in Laguna Niguel. Laguna Niguel was a wealthy and exclusive Southern California retirement community equipped with luxurious golf courses, beaches, and 5-star hotels. In the center of town sat the United Bank of California. In the 1970s, this was where the wealthy residents of Laguna Niguel stored their cash, jewelry, and stocks. There was even a rumor that President Richard Nixon had funds stored in the bank.
The bank's vault was state of the art. The vault was enclosed by a massive time-locked steel door, and inside were hundreds of double-key deposit boxes surrounded by 18-inch thick reinforced concrete, all protected by multiple alarm systems. People were very confident keeping their personal valuables inside the bank.
However, on April 24, 1972, the public had discovered that the bank had been subject to one of the most elaborate heists in US history.
When bank employees tried opening the vault on Monday morning, they were unable to. The bank called for the police, who called for the vault experts to get the door open. Upon examining it, it was found that the timing mechanism of the vault necessary to open it was jammed from the inside. Upon opening the vault door was a mount of cement and gray dust; safety deposit boxes, stocks and bonds, bonds, and photographs were scattered all over the floor. There was a hole in the ceiling where a lot of the concrete dust had come down from. Also present were the tools that the burglars had used such as extension cords, a lightbulb, and a cotton glove.
It became apparent then to the FBI agents that the burglars had blasted through 18 inches of steel reinforced concrete, dropped into the vault, opened 500 armor-plated safety deposit boxes, and left with millions.
At that time, no one knew who had committed this crime. The amount of agents covering the case went from 8 to 125 in the first few weeks. Everyone wanted to know who had pulled off this job.
It turned out that the person responsible for the bank robbery was Amil Dinsio, who was from Youngstown, Ohio. He masterminded the whole bank heist, choosing a few men, family members and close friends, to accompany him in the robbery. However, when he got to California to rob the United Bank of California, he put all his expertise together.
He and his crew committed the robbery through a complex mode of operation.
Prior to the robbery, the men flew out to Los Angeles and took a cab south to Orange County. They men rent a condo within walking distance of the bank. They buy a super 88 oldsmobile to use as the getaway vehicle after they've gathered the loot. They also buy all the tools that they'll need to commit the robbery, in small pieces, using several different men, as to not raise suspicion in any of the stores.
On the night they robbed the bank, they went dressed in black. First, they disabled the outside exterior sound alarm by jamming it with liquid styrofoam spray so that the clapper wouldn't be able to go back and forth. Then the men climb up on the roof of the bank building with a ladder. Using an electrical saw, they cut a hole through the roof of the bank to gain access into it. The men climb down through this hole to get in. Once inside, they must disable the electrical alarm system which was connected to the police department. Dinsio is in charge of this and goes to work disabling it. He is successful and the crew can now go to the next task, which is blast through the 18" thick steel ceiling to gain access into the vault which has the money. The crew achieves this by drilling 16 holes into the concrete. Then they dropped 16 sticks of dynamite into those holes. Outside 2 of the gang members fill up bags of dirt. They bring up the bags of dirt and piled it on top of the holes containing the dynamite. The fuse man ignited the fuse, and a huge explosion occurs, but with the bags of dirt on top of the dynamite, the explosion goes downward into the vault. The blew the roof of the vault in on itself. The steel rebars on the roof, however, survive the explosion. Dinsio, though, has an answer for this and takes a torch and cuts through the steel rebars. The men now can go right into the vault of the bank.
They get right to work opening the hundreds of safety deposit boxes. They break into the safety deposit boxes by smashing them with a custom-made sledge hammer, taking all the cash and jewelry there. There was so much safety deposit boxes that they couldn't finish in one night. So they take as much loot as they can and then return back for the next nights.
Upon leaving, Dinsio drills a hole into the vault door's locking mechanism so that the bank attendant in charge of opening the vault couldn't open it.
When the men are done, they realize they have more than $8 million in cash, jewelry, and stocks and bonds.
A nationwide effort by the FBI found the crew. The Los Angeles FBI contacted all the FBI offices in the US to track down who was responsible. They shared all the details of the robbery and the Cleveland office came through and believed it was done by Amil Dinsio and his crew because of the mode of operation used in the heist. Dinsio and his crew had pulled off other burglaries using the same MO. The FBI then tracked all airplane rides during the time and noticed that Dinsio and his crew had been in the Los Angeles area during the time of the robbery. They then locate the men's condo where they had stayed prior to the robbery and search it thoroughly. In the dishwasher, they find the men's fingerprints all over dishes, which put the men at a condo within walking distance of the United Bank of California. The FBI trace calls from the condo at the time and link one to a friend of Dinsio and crew. He identifies the men when shown photographs and also reveals a staggering revelation. The men had left the getaway car in the friend's garage. Police obtain a search warrant and in the car found gray dust, just like the dust found at the bank. They also find the matching pair of the cotton glove found in the car trunk, such as one left at the bank scene. Police also find all of the tools used in the burglary. Further evidence links to Dinsio when police go to his house in Ohio and find rare coins, which belong to one of the bank's customers in Laguna Niguel.
For his role in the crime, Dinsio is sentenced to 10 years in prison.