The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist

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The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist

In 2003, 46-year-old pizza delivery driver Brian Wells robbed a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania. Wells was no criminal mastermind, and within 15 minutes, he was in police custody. As it turned out, he may not have been acting of his own volition. Apparently, someone had fastened a bomb around his neck and instructed him to rob the bank. If Wells followed the unknown person's instructions exactly, his life would be spared.

Unfortunately, Wells was not able to complete the scavenger hunt laid out for him, and he was killed by the DIY explosive that held him hostage. The incident marked the beginning of a seven-year investigation, during which the FBI had its own scavenger hunt to finish. As reporter Rich Schapiro writes in this 2010 article, “The only question was whether the Feds would get any further than Wells had.”

The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist
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