Luis Mario Viette in Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist

True Story Behind Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist Netflix Doc

Rachael Grealish July 16, 2022

The next crime doc to hit Netflix is Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist, but as the plot details unfold people are asking is it a true story?

The documentary is set to drop on the streaming site on August 6 and follows the story of how, and why, a group of men pulled off the biggest bank robbery in Argentina.

Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist Netflix documentary

The documentary film directed by Matías Gueilburt and produced by Sebastián Gamba and Julian Rousso – the team behind Vilas: You will be what you should be or you will be nothing and The days of Ayotzinapa – reveals how the most famous bank robbery in Argentina was carried out.

Fernando Araujo as Fernando Araujo in Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist. Credit: Netflix © 2022

In 2006, a group of men broke into a Buenos Aires bank, took 23 hostages, stole millions of dollars and jewellery from safes, and then just completely vanished. 

However, the plot takes a turn when, after their triumphant escape, an ex-wife of one of the thieves betrays the perpetrators.

Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist True Story

Like many other amazing Netflix crime docs, this one is another true story – and there is so much more drama and detail to the tale.

Ruben de la Torre aka Beto, Sebastian Garcia Bolster, Julian Zalloecheverria, and Fernando Araujo, Mario Luis Vitette Sellanes, were at the centre of the crime – however, it is suspected two others were part of it, but never charged.

Early afternoon on January 13, 2006, police got a call about a bank robbery – what they didn’t know is they were about to respond to a crime that would be called the ‘robbery of the century‘.

The robbers were still inside the building when police arrived and they ultimately kept 23 people who were in the building as hostages.

Luis Mario Viette in Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

It was a surreal day for anyone involved as during the incident robbers ordered pizza and soft drinks for the hostages sang happy birthday to a lawyer and left behind toy guns.

Despite being surrounded by 200 officers the robbers managed to escape unscathed – it’s like they’d vanished. But it turns out the robbers had managed to do a complete Shawshank Redemption and escaped through a tunnel opening that the two robbers inside the bank had used to get to an underground sewage system, where an accomplice waited for them in a boat.

After the robbery, it really seemed like the men would get away with it until the personal life of one of them brought the whole operation down.

Beto brought his share of the loot home to his wife, at the time, told her how he’d got it (rookie error) and when he thought some was missing they argued, he told GQ.

Ultimately, Beto was caught with his girlfriend in a car after his wife brought him down by turning him into the police – she then was able to identify four of the other men as she’d seen them before.

Four of the men went to trial for the case in 2011, CNN reports.

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.