MSNBC's three-part documentary "Heist" will explore two Chicago-area bank robberies when it airs Jan. 5.
"Heist," from 1895 Films, tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the nation's most notorious bank robbers and their audacious crimes, according to MSNBC. It features interviews with law enforcement officials who worked the cases, footage from bank security cameras, FBI surveillance images, first-person accounts and dramatic re-enactments of the crimes.
An infamous Palos Heights bank robbery over Memorial Day Weekend 2011 is presented in the premiere episode, "Heist: Nuns, Guns and $17 Million." A 23-year-old Chicago woman, Navahcia Edwards, and her then-boyfriend, Lyndon Germel Wesley, donned masks and dressed up as nuns to rob a TCF Bank in Palos Heights, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Armed with a .22-caliber pistol, Edwards locked the doors while Wesley led two tellers to the bank's vault, where Edwards pressed the pistol to a teller's head and ordered the vault opened. According to the Tribune, the two bound the tellers' hands with zip ties and robbed the bank of $120,200 in cash.
During Edwards' Feb. 2013 trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Edwards, who once worked at the TCF Bank, pulled off the heist in part to repay the $22,400 she had been caught embezzling from a Chase Bank where she once worked, the Tribune reported.
Wesley testified against Edwards at her trial, telling the court the duo chose "nun" costumes after watching the movie "The Town," in which bank robbers wore full-body nun disguises and distorted old lady masks.
In June 2013, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly sentenced Edwards to 7 1/2 years in prison. Wesley was sentenced in July 2013 to 58 months in prison.
Here are highlights from each of the three, hour-long episodes of "Heist:"
Nuns, Guns and $17 Million
8 p.m. Jan. 5, MSNBC
In Palos Heights, male and female bank robbers dress up like the nuns from the movie "The Town," and in Charlotte, N.C., a group of bungling robbers gets away with $17 million—for a while.
Wrestlers and Rock Stars?
9 p.m. Jan. 5, MSNBC
Two guys dress up in ZZ Top beards to hold up a bank; and in Orange County, Calif., robbers dress in WWE costumes and succeed in robbing four banks before being apprehended.
Terror in the Heartland
10 p.m. Jan. 5, MSNBC
In Iowa, two guys rob a small-town bank and then lead cops on a multi-county chase and dangerous shootout, and in a suburb of Chicago, another daring duo robs a bank and then returns two years later with a third accomplice to rob another local bank.
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