Larry Lawton

From Jewel Thief to Honorary Cop Part One #432 | Larry Lawton on The Jordan Harbinger Show

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Key Takeaways

  • What store owners can do to prevent robberies
    • Put a double way mirror
    • Put a sign saying that there’s a 24/7 offsite video monitoring
    • Don’t put outside displays that prevent to see what’s going on in the store from outside
    • Avoid excessive routine to prevent robbers from studying you
      • Avoid receiving deliveries every day at the same time
      • Avoid parking in the same spot every day
  • Larry Lawton is disheartened by how the prison system ruins young people’s lives
    • They should be accountable for the crimes they committed
      • But he often sees people’s lives totally ruined
    • Some kids go to juvenile detention when they’re 16 and stay in jail until they’re in their 30s

Intro

  • Larry Lawton (@lawrencerlawton used to be a professional jewelry robber before becoming a Youtube star, co-authoring the book “Gangster Redemption“, and helping to keep youth out of trouble
    • Check out Larry’s Reality Check Program
    • Check out Larry’s Youtube Channel
  • Host: Jordan Harbinger (@jordanharbinger)
  • In this chat, Larry tells the story of how he started out as a criminal and became a professional jewelry robber, he also shares tips to avoid getting robbed, lessons learned, and his thoughts on the prison system

Early Days as a Criminal

  • Larry grew up in the Bronx, as a hustler
  • As a 12 years old kid, in 1972, he was earning $125/week ($775/week in today’s dollars)
    • Selling football tickets
    • Stealing cars and groceries
  • At 17 he went to serve in the military
  • Once he came back, through his network, he started working with a big bookkeeper

Jewelry Robberies

  • Larry’s first Jewelry Robbery was set up
    • The owner of the store arranged it to earn insurance money
      • He gave Larry all the information to rob the store most effectively
      • Larry learned a lot about robbing jewelry stores
        • He was astonished at the earning potential
  • What kept him going robbing jewelry stores was the “high” he would feel
  • As a professional robber, Larry knew he had to learn as much as he could about jewelry

Choosing the Target Jewelry Store

  • Larry did extensive research before picking which store to rob
    • It would take him weeks to even a month to plan
    • Larry would check thousands of stores before picking one
    • He’d check the surrounding areas
      • Seeing how many people go there at what times
      • How close is the nearest police station
    • Once he picked a store, he would watch it for weeks
      • Then he’d visit the store pretending he wanted to buy diamonds so he could see where they keep the box and how much it’s worth

What Store Owners Can Do to Prevent Robberies

  • Put a double way mirror
  • Put a sign saying that there’s a 24/7 offsite video monitoring
  • Don’t put outside displays that prevent to see what’s going on in the store from outside
  • Avoid excessive routine to prevent robbers from studying you
    • Avoid receiving deliveries every day at the same time
    • Avoid parking in the same spot every day

Lessons as a Criminal

  • Never rob a place because you need the money quick
  • You are not a retailer
    • Larry learned that it didn’t make sense to steal stuff that would be difficult to sell
      • He was once offered to steal a few Picasso’s and Rembrandt’s
        • Before accepting he did his research and found that it’d be very difficult to find buyers who would pay close to the market price
  • As a criminal Larry always thinks about how to avoid getting “screwed”
    • You have to be one step ahead of other people

The Prison System Shouldn’t Ruin Lives

  • Larry’s disheartened by how the prison system ruins young people’s lives
    • They should be accountable for the crimes they committed
      • But he often sees people’s lives totally ruined
    • Some kids go to juvenile detention when they’re 16 and stay in jail until they’re in their 30s
      • The male brain doesn’t fully develop until they are 25, but their life is ruined for something they did when they were a kid
      • Often these kids grew up in traumatic environments, surrounded by crime
        • Would we have made different decisions if we were in the same situation?
      • They often never have the chance to bounce back from that
        • Conditions in jail also create a lot of trauma
    • To help kids with these issues Larry developed the Reality Check Program
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Notes By Giorgio Parlato

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