UK 'Great Train Robber' Bruce Reynolds dies at 81

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    Former career criminal Bruce Reynolds attends the afterparty following the special screening of 'Bronson', at the Embassy Club on March 10, 2009 in London, England (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
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    LONDON (AP) - Bruce Reynolds, the mastermind of a British heist known as the "Great Train Robbery," has died aged 81.

    Son Nick Reynolds said his father died Thursday after a brief illness.

    Reynolds was part of a gang that stole 2.6 million pounds from a Glasgow-to-London mail train in 1963 - worth more than 40 million pounds ($60 million) today, and then Britain's biggest robbery.

    Reynolds evaded capture for five years but was arrested in 1968, and sentenced to 25 years in jail. He was released a decade later and produced occasional journalism and well-regarded memoirs.

    Most of the other gang members also were soon rounded up.

    One, Ronnie Biggs, escaped from prison in 1965, and spent decades as a fugitive in Brazil before returning to Britain in 2001.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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