True crime author, Burl Barer, has always possessed that all-important knack for seeking out hidden truth and finding it. And with Stealing Manhattan, a book that details, as the author proclaims, a "mega-heist" that involved the taking of "over one billion dollars in diamonds, gold, precious gems, and negotiable currency" that has gone unsolved to this very day. Of course, those who pulled off this caper, were professionals who knew how to keep their mouths shut. And lucky for us, some of these mouths have recently opened to Barer, and as such, now the world can know the truth. You will not want to miss this "gem" of a book!" —KEVIN SULLIVAN, author of THE BUNDY MURDERS: A Comprehensive History, and THROUGH AN UNLOCKED DOOR: In Walks Murder
Punch Stanimirovic insists: “My father, known as Mr. Stan, is the greatest gentleman thief who ever lived—a true genius."
Punch was raised to be an exceptional diamond thief. He could work magic on a safe that would have sent Mandrake the Magician back to the novelty store, and Dr. Strange back to medical school. He and his family risked it all to make the patriarch, Mr. Stan, proud.
Punch’s pop culture sensibilities, his father’s proven skills, and his mother’s artistic input merged to create cinema-style capers—elaborately planned and executed, including a spectacular 1992 New York mega-heist of over one billion dollars in diamonds, gold, and precious gems—and they got away with it.
Many of the crew members went on to invest in real estate, helping to “build the New York skyline”, while others moved to Europe and became the Pink Panthers.
They had one rule: No One Gets Hurt. From daring heists to the ultimate escape, discover the true story of Punch, his extraordinary crew, and his high-society family.
Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Burl Barer brings to light the remarkable story of four decades and two generations of America’s First Family of kind and generous “altruistic outlaws” in STEALING MANHATTAN: The Untold Story of America’s Billion Dollar Gem Heist Masterminds.
About the Authors
Burl Barer is an Edgar Award-winning author and accomplished media professional, with a career spanning several decades. Among his many books, his WildBlue Press true crime classic, MURDER IN THE FAMILY, is ranked #3 on the "Ten Best True Crime Books Ever Written," and he is listed as one of America's 100 "MUST READ" authors.
Punch Stanimirovic, an infamous safe cracker and forger—he could punch open a safe in under sixteen seconds. Also a master “aerosol artist,” his street art inspired Sean Sullivan aka Layercakeny and the youngest and highest-ranking member of the YACS/ Pink Panthers. He served sixteen years in prison where he became an in-demand tattoo artist for the Latin Kings. Punch was born to wealth and raised to be an exceptional diamond thief, but his true love was always art. After a period of criminal activity, he turned away from his life of crime and brought art therapy programs to American prisons.