Venice Robbers Steal $1.7M ... in Lagoon They robbed a boat ferrying money to banks By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jul 3, 2013 3:58 PM CDT 12 comments Comments File photo of the Grand Canal in Venice. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) (Newser) – Filed under the only-in-Venice category: Three bank robbers pulled off a $1.7 million heist in one of the city's lagoons. In fact, they made it look easy: An armored truck delivered the money to a courier boat, which then was supposed to deliver it to banks, explains Fox News. Instead, the robbers pulled up next to the courier boat in a boat of their own and made their withdrawal. (They did leave behind one crate of loot in coins.) The heist has led to spate of headlines—like this, and this, and this—of the "real Italian job" variety, playing off the 2003 movie.