Bank Burglar Amil Dinsio Will Speak at Robins Theatre

WARREN, Ohio – Notorious bank burglar Amil Dinsio will discuss his life in a Feb. 9 program at the Robins Theatre.

In “Inside the Vault with Amil Dinsio: A Master Class with a Master Burglar,” the Mahoning Valley native will give a full account of his history. The program will start at 8 p.m.

Dinsio, who is now 87 and has spent more than 30 years in jail, has been described by federal agents as the nation’s most successful bank burglar.

He is best known for the 1972 burglary of a California bank in which he was seeking to steal President Richard Nixon’s money. The caper was detailed in the 2019 film “Finding Steve McQueen.”

Tickets range from $35 to $15 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale Friday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at and at the box office, 160 E. Market St. A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will start at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Born in Goshen Township, Ohio, in 1936, Dinsio began robbing banks while still in high school. He and his brother, James, robbed or burglarized hundreds of banks during their careers.

In his book “Robbing Banks,” author L.R. Kirchner describes Dinsio as a “skillful thief with a steadily successful modus operandi.” Kirchner links Dinsio to at least a dozen bank burglaries during the 1960s and ’70s, with a total take estimated at over $30 million, and names him the nation’s most successful bank burglar.

A recent episode of “Masterminds” on Court TV featured a story about Dinsio and his gang’s 1972 burglary of the United California Bank, describing it as “the most amazing bank burglary in history.”

It is important to understand that Dinsio was a bank burglar, not a bank robber. A bank burglar enters a bank at night when nobody is present and uses his skill to disarm security alarms and break into the vault.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.