I’ve always been of the view that crime does not pay or, to be more exact, that blue-collar crime that involves removing physical objects from people, houses or banks does not pay. White-collar crime such as fraud and tax evasion does pay in some cases because the rewards are higher and the risks lower.
I once wrote a column to this effect, having been reminded that even one famous US jewel thief found it hard to make a decent living. Film heroes who steal things, such as Thomas Crown, always live opulently but I don’t think that reflects reality. Read more