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23rd Jan '17 10:04:28 PM zark117
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Wotcha, [[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish me old china]]. How's your Ruby? Bit 'ot innit? Well, each to 'is own self. Me, I luv 'em.

Lemme tell ya 'baht a little caper that the criminal fraternity used to play in back in the day. You know, when [[TheSixties people smoked that 'ganja]] or [[TheSeventies 'ad girls' 'air]].

The blag. Now, [[HaveAGayOldTime this ain't what it means today]]. This weren't no [[TheCon getting access with a high-class set of bluffs]]. And it ain't some [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} fancy name for your blog]]. A blag was an armed robbery done ''right'', done old-school. Sometimes we done over the bank itself but more likely was tooling up a few villains to do over the security van moving the pay packets between em. One variant was them little sub-Post Offices that usually 'ad one pensioner serving and no thick glass, no thing. Piece of piss, that.

See, before you had your fancy-schmancy credit cards and online banking, you had all your money in readies. Proper cash.

So to get this money from the banks out to the works, they drove it about in security vans. Amateur transit-jobs squired about by flabby ex-Old Bill done for being on the take along with herberts thinking they was Bruce Lee. They'd 'ave a shatter-proof windscreen and a lockbox but none of your exploding coloured-dyes and time locks.

If you knew where the van was going to be and when (there were ways of getting that- like discovering someone at the company liked his [[PornStash girlie mags]] [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse and making the consequences clear if he didn't help you]]), you could turn it over. This is what was called a "cash-in-transit robbery".

What you did then was get your [[SawedOffShotgun sawn-off]] and some pickaxe 'andles, then attack it, RobinHood/Lawrence of Arabia style, [[InTheHood making sure your faces were covered]]. You [[TapOnTheHead coshed the guards]] ([[EvenEvilHasStandards you didn't shoot anyone, no siree. Not back then]]) and slung yer hook with the take before [[UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers the Sweeney showed up]]. They were armed and [[OldFashionedCopper not very nice]].

Of course, then you had to make sure no-one turned you in before you ended up in the Costa del Sol, sipping champers with your lovely lady. 'specially, you had to watch out for the [[LondonGangster big crooks]].

Kind of dead now, [[ForensicDrama cos of all the DNA and what not]]. Those were the days.

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6th Oct '16 10:11:49 AM ElodieHiras
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* Can randomly happen in ''VideoGame/{{XCOM2}}'' since you are commanding LaResistance fighting against the [[VichyEarth ADVENT Coalition]]. Sometimes you attack a convoy or train for supplies, sometimes you attack an armored truck carrying a captive Resistance VIP (An Engineer or a Scientist).
6th May '16 4:57:46 AM foxley
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* ''Film/DiamondsOnWheels''

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* ''Film/DiamondsOnWheels''''Film/DiamondsOnWheels'' opens with the gang pulling an armed blag on a armoured van transporting diamonds. The professionalism of this job stands in stark contrast to their transformation into StupidCrooks later in the film.
4th Apr '16 8:13:41 AM HighCrate
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* The half of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 [=MST3K=]]]'' veteran ''Film/TheRebelSet'' that wasn't beatnik-sploitation revolved around [[HeyItsThatGuy the Chief from]] ''Film/GetSmart'' planning an armored car robbery in Chicago -- with the twist that the robbers would do the job while travelling from New York to LA by train, during a layover; they'd be gone on the train, with the cash, before the police would know what happened.

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* The half of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 [=MST3K=]]]'' veteran ''Film/TheRebelSet'' that wasn't beatnik-sploitation revolved around [[HeyItsThatGuy the Chief from]] from ''Film/GetSmart'' planning an armored car robbery in Chicago -- with the twist that the robbers would do the job while travelling from New York to LA by train, during a layover; they'd be gone on the train, with the cash, before the police would know what happened.
16th Mar '16 3:44:47 AM erforce
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* ''Film/TheItalianJob1969'' (and [[TheItalianJob2003 the 2003 remake]])

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* ''Film/TheItalianJob1969'' (and [[TheItalianJob2003 [[Film/TheItalianJob2003 the 2003 remake]])



* ''Film/{{Circus of Fear}}'' (the 1966 film starring Creator/ChristopherLee, not [[CircusOfFear the trope of the same name]]) opens with an armed blag on the Tower Bridge.

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* ''Film/{{Circus of Fear}}'' ''Film/CircusOfFear'' (the 1966 film starring Creator/ChristopherLee, not [[CircusOfFear the trope of the same name]]) opens with an armed blag on the Tower Bridge.
30th Dec '15 10:11:09 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Westside}}'': In "Dire Combustion", Ted and his gang heist an armoured car. Things start going badly wrong when they attempt to bust it open.
11th Oct '15 11:25:42 PM surgoshan
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* This, or variants, showed up a few times in the original ''Series/LawAndOrder''. One was a cold case from the 60s in which some radical college kids and a few hardened criminals stuck up a payroll shipment. Another was a modern case in which some far right wing extremists stuck up an armored car carrying the take from an OTB (off-track betting; licensed location for placing almost any kind of bet).
3rd Oct '15 3:52:04 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''ComicBook/{{Criminal}}'': The the set-up of first volume, ''Coward'', is about [[TheChessmaster Leo Patterson]] working with an old buddy and some corrupt cops for OneLastJob: hitting an armored convoy transporting blood diamonds as evidence from a police lockup to a high profile court case. [[spoiler:Except the ''actual'' target is a trunk full of heroin being used as evidence in a ''different'' case, not diamonds. And the "old buddy" and the cops are in on it and betray most of the heist team.]]
26th Jul '15 6:27:54 PM nombretomado
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* In the fourth episode of the second series of ''{{Misfits}}'', the gang robs an armoured car so that they can ransom Kelly. Simon's invisibility simplifies the process considerably.

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* In the fourth episode of the second series of ''{{Misfits}}'', ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', the gang robs an armoured car so that they can ransom Kelly. Simon's invisibility simplifies the process considerably.
23rd Jul '15 4:56:42 PM Jake18
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** If you bring [[BadassSpaniard Gustavo Mota]] along for "The Paleto Score", when asked about his first heist, he replies that he robbed an armored car.
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