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Criminal Brassiere.

Criminal Brassiere

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St. Petersburg, Florida

Until the Miami Police Department contacted them in 1950, the Southern Bell Telephone Company didn't have a clue about what had been going on right under their noses.

Several young female employees had been stealing thousand of dollars at their workplace, undetected, for years. The women, who toiled in the pay phone coin counting rooms, hid rolls of coins in their bras. At the peak of the Brassiere Brigade's heists, they were "toting up to $150 a day in rolled coins stuffed into their lingerie," according to the sign in the St. Petersburg Museum of History's bra exhibit. The women were arrested and charged, and the sensational case made the headlines for an amused nation. It was known as, "the case of the clinking brassieres."

The Criminal Brassiere displayed behind glass at the museum is not claimed to have been part of the heists, but it has its own street cred as the garment "featured in the Travel Channel's 'Mysteries at the Museum' Season 6, Episode 1."

Criminal Brassiere

St. Petersburg Museum of History

335 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg Museum of History. I-275 exit 23 or 23A. Drive east on I-375 for a mile, then continue on 4th Ave. N. for another half-mile. Turn right at the fourth stoplight onto 2nd St. N. Turn left at the second stoplight onto 2nd Ave. NE. Go through three stoplights, and you'll see the museum entrance on the left.
T-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $15.
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