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The Transy Book Heist

The US college students who hatched an elaborate and oddball scheme to steal some of the world’s most valuable books.

In 2004, American college students Spencer Reinhard and Warren Lipka - along with two other friends - hatched an elaborate and oddball scheme to steal some of the world’s rarest and most valuable books. Inspired by Hollywood heist thrillers and a desperate urge to escape their mundane suburban lives, they disguised themselves as old men and prepared to inflitrate the treasured archive of their university library. However, everything that could go wrong, did. And what started as an exciting crime caper changed their lives forever.

Presenter: Saskia Edwards
Producer: Maryam Maruf

Image: Still from the film American Animals
Credit: The Orchard

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23 minutes

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Sun 16 Sep 2018 09:06GMT

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  • Sat 15 Sep 2018 21:06GMT
  • Sat 15 Sep 2018 23:06GMT
  • Sun 16 Sep 2018 09:06GMT