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WDKX.com » Blog » Retired RPD Officer Acquitted In 1993 Brinks Heist Dies
Jun 12th 2013 5:52 am
Retired RPD Officer Acquitted In 1993 Brinks Heist Dies

Rochester, N.Y. - Thomas O'Connor lived a quiet life after being acquitted of robbing the Brinks building in January of 1993.

He died this week at the age of 74.

O'Connor was retired from the Rochester Police Department and was one of three security guards working at the Brinks the night it was robbed back in 1993.

The other two guards were tied up and left behind, but O'Connor was taken hostage and later dropped off at a Greece Restaurant.

Police said he was hesitant to share much information with them at the beginning, which is why he was considered a suspect.

He was also friends with Samuel Millar, who was charged in the robbery.

In fact, O'Connor helped smuggle Millar into the United States from Ireland back in 1984.

But jurors acquitted O'Connor of all charges, finding Millar and priest, Father Patrick Moloney, guilty.

Two-million dollars of the 7-million taken was recovered. Some of it was found in a Manhattan apartment owned by Millar.

In a book written about the heist, Millar said Thomas O'Connor had nothing to do with the robbery.

Democrat & Chronicle Reporter Gary Craig has followed this story closely for 20 years.

He said it was always thought the rest of the money was used to support IRA activities.

Craig said Millar was an IRA sympathizer, who had served time in a prison in the United Kingdom for transporting weapons and explosives.

But, that IRA theory was never proven in court.

As for the money, Craig said there was never any evidence found about how it was spent.

That, remains a mystery to this day.