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September 12, 1983, Security Guard Steals Seven Million Dollars - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 12, 1983, a Wells Fargo security guard, Victor Manuel Gerena, stole seven million dollars from the company’s depot in West Hartford.  The robbery was the second-largest in U.S. history and soon was tied to Los Macheteros, an extremist group advocating independence for Puerto Rico.  Today, all but $80,000 is still missing, and so is Gerena.

On the evening of Sept. 12, 1983, Gerena and two other Wells Fargo guards had just finished a money pickup when Gerena pulled out a firearm. He blindfolded and tied up the other guards and injected them with a drug to disable them.   Gerena, who had been working at Wells Fargo for more than a year and was earning $4.50 an hour, then loaded 1,100 pounds of money into a rented 1973 Buick LeSabre and disappeared.  

Gerena had never been in trouble and wasn't known as a political militant.  It has been reported that Gerena made his way to Mexico, where he boarded a plane for Havana.  Eighteen of nineteen individuals charged for their involvement in the robbery and escape are imprisoned or have served their sentences, but Gerena remains a fugitive, never arrested for his alleged criminal activity committed on September 12, 1983.  There is currently a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of Victor Manuel Gerena.

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