A Real-Life Vaccine Heist

It sounds like a scene in Ocean’s Eleven, but this real-life heist story had something perhaps more valuable than money at stake: vaccine supplies.
 
In 1959, at the height of Montreal’s polio outbreak, masked gunmen stormed a University of Montreal research lab, stealing 75,000 doses of the polio vaccine—after locking the night watchman in a cage with lab test animals.
 
With the health and lives of thousands of children in danger, there was a mad dash to recover the serum.
 
In a Robin Hood twist, another suspect claimed he became wrapped up in the crime because he had tried to purchase the vaccines to help end the epidemic.

The Washington Post

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