Buffalo in the ’50s: A quarter-million dollar Broadway/Fillmore bank heist

By Steve Cichon

The world was a different place in 1951.

Buffalo News archives

In July 1951, a gunman walked into the Buffalo Industrial Bank on Fillmore Avenue just south of Broadway with a blue steel pistol and walked out with $40,000 in cash ($366,000 in 2015 dollars).

The Buffalo Evening News was invited in to photograph the scene of the crime, complete with tellers and managers accounting for the stolen cash.