Vanishing Philly bandits elude the feds
Author Duane Swierczynski has explored the fascination that the public has with desperadoes who pull off daring robberies in some of his books, from the nonfiction This Here's a Stick-Up: The Big Bad Book of American Bank Robbery to the novel The Wheelman.
"Professional thieves are assumed to have a code of honor, versus some mugger or home invader who takes your money and cuts your throat anyway," he said.
"We think professional thieves will get in and out of a situation quickly, and they won't hurt innocent people."
In real life, that's not always the case.