Masterminds

Masterminds

About the show

Real stories about the brilliant but deceptive masterminds behind amazing deceptions and seemingly impossible capers. Shot in some of the most exotic locations around the world, Masterminds focuses on the deceivers and their ambitious plots.

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Upcoming episodes

Jun 26th
930a

The Conrail Boys

They were the most successful train robbery gang ever. The Conrail Boyz operated for almost a decade in New Jersey, stealing millions of dollars worth of merchandise. Led by Edward Mongon, the gang resembles a highly-organized corporation that even hires ‘freelance employees’ from notorious street gangs like the Bloods. The Conrail Boyz impersonated railroad workers, never carried weapons, and used hi-tech military equipment to monitor police activity.
Jun 27th
930a

Phantom Bandit, The

Sophisticated and handsome, Gilbert Galvan is a salesman in the hi-tech industry living in Ottawa. Not even his wife suspects that he might be the most successful bank robber in Canadian history. But indeed, between 1984 and 1987, Galvan robbed more than 100 banks, netting millions of dollars, and leaving police clueless as to his identity. Galvan used police scanners and elaborate disguises to evade capture, but it was his charming personality and photographic memory that allowed him to pull off multiple heists within minutes of each other.
Jun 28th
930a

Jacksonville Heist, The

Bank Security Guard Philip Johnson spends years planning a major robbery of his own bank. He steals birth dates and social security numbers from co-workers and creates numerous aliases. He then makes detailed studies of employees’ schedules to find out who would be working on the night he targets for the heist. Johnson makes off with a whopping $19 million dollars, and flees to Mexico. It takes the FBI over two years to figure out Johnson's true identity and apprehend him.
Jun 29th
930a

Stealing Las Vegas

In the mid 90’s Vegas slot machines were robbed of over 10 million dollars and no one knew how. Mastermind Dennis Nickrasch devised a number of clever ways to loot the slots. Using a complex system of keys, wires, magnets, a computer and various drills, he could unload a slot machine in less than sixty seconds. Find out how he did it – and how he was caught!
Jun 30th
930a

Social Register Gang, The

Millions of dollars worth of paintings, sculptures, jewelry and coin collections are stolen from the homes of the ultra-rich in the New York City area. The spree culminates with the theft of two Dutch Old Masters paintings, three six foot Tiffany lamps, jewelry, and cash from a Connecticut mansion. Total haul: Well over three quarters of a million dollars. This episode of Masterminds tells the story of Raymond Flynn a sophisticated thief who studied art and antiques and pulled his jobs off with flair. While Flynn’s robberies were complex, his method for selecting his targets was ingeniously simple. He referred to a directory of wealthy people called the Social Register.
Jul 3rd
930a

Halloween Heist, The

Every year the Southwest Bank in Durango, CO hosts a Halloween costume party for employees and customers. In 1997, an univited guest showed up. He and his sexy accomplice locked everyone in the vault and fled with more than $300,000 in cash. Former pro baseball player, Craig Pritchert and Nova Guthrie, a pre-med student, used Crazy Glue, electronic voice changers, and old-fashioned charm to pull off a string of bank robberies that baffled authorities across the Southwest.
Jul 4th
930a

Cleaning House

During the late 70’s, Carrie Lee Jenkins was the beautiful mastermind behind a sophisticated team of thieves masquerading as maids to the super rich. Using elaborate planning and deception, she and her small crew stole more than $5 million in jewels, gold and cash from unsuspecting homeowners - until a NY socialite’s obsession with the case ultimately led to Jenkins’s demise.
Jul 5th
930a

The Berlin Heist

German police respond to a hostage takeover at a bank in a wealthy Berlin suburb. They negotiate with Mastermind Khaled Al Bazari, for more than 15 hours before delivering $4 million in ransom money. What the police didn’t realize was that Bazari and his team had spent the last 16 months painstakingly digging a tunnel by hand from their headquarters to the bank. Using skateboards to haul $11 million in cash and jewels through the tunnel, they pull off a heist for the ages.
Jul 6th
930a

Money Bags

Maurizio Percan, the mastermind of the most sophisticated auto-parts theft ring in American history, netted $14 million in 3 years while dealing only in stolen airbags. Brash and audacious, Percan set up an elaborate front for his operation an auto parts store in the Bronx that played by the book. Percan fooled police for years while operating a business that stole more than 5000 cars every year. He became so successful that he was even able to drive up the market for his own product and sold airbags to customers he’d stolen from. After half a dozen attempts to get close to him, investigators finally nabbed Percan on his honeymoon in Hawaii.
Jul 7th
930a

Foul Ball

For over five years, wayne bray and his associates flooded the billion dollar sports memorabilia market with counterfeit merchandise and made tens of millions. His wide-ranging enterprise created virtually undetectable fakes and sold them to unwitting fans, retailers, and collectors around the world. To this day, it remains the largest sports memorabilia scam in american history.