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Episode 37: Bank Robbing Broker

Case File

Bank Robbing Broker

  • The Broker
  • A New York commodities broker goes on a losing streak. Stephen Trantel is out of a job and hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Broke and desperate, he makes an unthinkable decision. The broker turns to bank robbery.
  • The Secret Life
  • Trantel's loving family still believes he works in the trading pits. He pretends to leave each morning for work…but secretly goes to the local library. It's easy to learn his new trade. Trantel scours the Internet for bank robbing tips.
  • The Art of the Heist
  • Trantel needs money fast. He walks into a bank and steals $10,000 in cash. It's just the beginning. He targets unsuspecting banks on New York's Long Island for easy prey. How far will he go and who will be hurt before he's stopped?

Web Extras

  • American Greed: Bank Robbing Broker     Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Stephen Trantel is a husband, a father¿and a bank robber. He was once a broker making hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Manhattan trading pits. Unemployed, Trantel embarks on a new career--crime. American Greed¿s season premiere profiles a brazen bank robber¿s story of deceit.

  • Notorious Female Bank Robbers Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 | 8:01 AM ET
    Bank robberies committed by women have been on the rise in recent years according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Crime statistics for the first quarter of 2010 show that nearly 6 percent of bank robberies for the quarter were committed by women. That number is roughly the same as it was in 2009 when the world financial crisis began and is a 25 percent increase over 2002 figures.So what drives a woman to rob banks? In most cases, it's financial need rather than greed or thrill-seeking, l

    From the 19th century through 2010, here are 10 women who've kept law enforcement and the banking industry on their toes.

  • American Greed: Bank Robbing Broker     Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 12:03 AM ET

    Stephen Trantel was once a broker making hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Manhattan trading pits. Unemployed, Trantel embarks on a new career¿.one of crime. Trantel describes how he decided to rob a bank and his subsequent research at the local library.

  • American Greed: Broker turned Bank Robber     Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 12:04 AM ET

    A Manhattan broker turns to a life a crime. Stephen Trantel lost his job in the Manhattan trading pits. Broke and desperate, he began robbing banks on New Yorkâ??s Long Island. Detective Charlie Costello explains how he identified Trantelâ??s fingerprint from the scene of the crime.

  • The Investigation Report Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    Investigation report from Stephen Trantel’s first bank robbery in Merrick, NY on 7/11/03. (Source: Nassau County Police Department, Sgt. Jim Skopek.)

  • The "Wanted" Poster Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    A "wanted" poster issued by the Nassau County Police Department. It shows Stephen Trantel’s surveillance photos and gives a description of Trantel, as well as six of his robberies. (Source: Nassau County Police Department, Sgt. Jim Skopek.)

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