Bank Robber

Bank Robber: My time with André Stander – Allan Heyl

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Five bank robberies. Fifteen years in jail. That was the sentence handed down to Allan Heyl in 1977. He was 26 years old and couldn’t face that many years behind bars. And then he got lucky. Into the prison walked André Stander, ex-cop and bank robber – an outlaw through and through.

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Five bank robberies. Fifteen years in jail. That was the sentence handed down to Allan Heyl in 1977. He was 26 years old and couldn’t face that many years behind bars. And then he got lucky. Into the prison walked André Stander, ex-cop and bank robber – an outlaw through and through. ‘We’re going to get out of here,’ said Stander. ‘We’re going to rob banks.’ And that is exactly what they did. In this fast-paced, no-holds-barred, no-punches-pulled memoir, Heyl exposes the hell of prison life, revels in the sheer gung-ho audacity of robbing banks, and reveals an inept and incompetent police force. As a member of the notorious ‘Stander Gang’, which both appalled and enthralled South Africans in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Allan became a career criminal. But this choice of lifestyle had its consequences … With humour, insight and self-revelation, the last surviving member of the so-called Stander Gang turns a critical eye on himself and the times in which he operated. This book takes you into the heart of a bank robber.

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