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    May 2003
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    The Belsano Train Robbery, Cambria County, PA

    On October 11, 1924, a train carrying a safe containing a payroll of $33,000 was robbed just outside the Cambria County, Pennsylvania in the town of Belsano. During the course of the robbery, one of the men who was guarding the safe was shot and killed.

    Police in several neighbouring states joined the manhunt for Michelo Bassi and Anthony Pezzi and the murderous duo were apprehended two weeks after the robbery in Terre Haute, Indiana. Each had a gun and $3,000 in cash. The men were convicted of first degree murder and in February 1925, they were executed in the state's electric chair.

    The safe and some of the money was never recovered. Legend has it that it may be buried or hidden near the site of the robbery.



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