"Aristocrats liked to flaunt their wealth; thieves liked to take it."

The Gentleman Thief

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Tue, Oct 28th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Medium, Epic Magazine has this great story on Pipino, "the gentleman thief" of Venice. The article follows the life and achievements of Pipino — the wealthy considered his robberies a sign of their good taste — all while sharing a regular coffee at the bar with the cop trying to catch him.

By the early 1990s, the police viewed Pipino as the most talented thief in modern Venetian history. Over the previous three decades, he had been responsible for a string of daring and idiosyncratic heists. He was best known for stealing masterworks from the homes of Venice’s nobility and was thought to have excellent taste in art. He was also versatile: He once infiltrated the Swiss Consulate and made off with 150 million lira in cash. In the late 1970s, he tailed Cary Grant, who portrayed one of the most famous thieves in film history, and robbed him while he slept in his hotel room. Later, he freed a forlorn gorilla from the zoo in Rome (he felt bad for the animal), and robbed the Venice Casino, all of which made him a local legend.

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