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'Mastermind' Of Infamous Heist Knew It Would Be A Great Comedy. Now It Is.

Courtesy David Ghantt

In 1997 one of the biggest heists in America’s history happened right here in Charlotte—and now there’s a movie about it.

We’re of course talking about the infamous Loomis Fargo heist. David Ghantt, was the Loomis Fargo employee that stole $17 million from the armored car company. He’s portrayed in the film Masterminds by fellow North Carolina native Zach Galifianakis.

Ghantt now lives in Jacksonville, Florida and works in construction. WFAE’s Sarah Delia tracked him down to hear what life is like some 20 years later. She started by asking him if the filmmakers had consulted him before they made their movie.    

Sarah Delia covers criminal justice and the arts for WFAE. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.