Houston Is Armored-Car Heist Capital of America, Says New Top-10 Podcast

YOU PROBABLY KNOW that Houston is the world's biggest hub for the energy industry and home to the largest medical center on earth. But did you know we're the — wait for it — the armored truck robbery capital of the United States?


This is how Jake Brennan, host of the hot Disgraceland podcast, describes H-Town in the new podcast Armored. Currently one of the top 10 podcasts in the nation, the show explores the high-stakes robberies of armed trucks — an alarming amount which happen in Houston. "According to the FBI's crime data from 2018," explains Brennan in the shows debut episode, "roughly half of all armored vehicle robberies in the entire nation took place in the Houston region."

Former FBI Director James Comey is quoted in the show explaining that the phenomenon is due to "an expansive network of freeways which provide a sprawling labyrinth of escape routes, allowing thieves to be miles away from a crime scene within minutes." (Anyone who has driven on Houston's freeways might question that thesis.)

The first episode in the 10-part series focuses on Redrick "Red" Batiste who presented himself as an ambitious clean-cut house flipper but ran a shadowy and violent network of criminals who were active from 2015-2016. The group was infamous for turning rental cars into mobile sniper platforms, similar to what the D.C. snipers used in 2002, and ambushing armored vehicles. The case unfolds like the plot of a Hollywood thriller — with wiretapping, codenames, burner phones, car kill-switches and elaborate surveillance schemes — all which play out on the streets of Houston. Armored goes inside the FBI strategy to bring down a ruthless crime ring.

Armored is a part of the Audiochuck network, which also produces the nation's top crime podcast Crime Junkie.

Art + Entertainment
Alto Rideshare Names Its Top Spots for Houston Restaurant Weeks!

HOUSTON FOODIES ARE out this month, and those in the know are getting from restaurant to restaurant in the rideshare service that has taken the industry by a storm.

Keep ReadingShow less

Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

IT WAS A big night for the Houston Symphony. Not only was it the annual Opening Night Concert and Gala, chaired this year by Susan and Dennis Carlyle, but it was also the official first performance of Juraj Valčuha as the symphony’s 16th music director.

Keep ReadingShow less
People + Places

GLEAMING WHITE BEACHES and clear, turquoise waters in the shadows of towering cliffs dotted with centuries-old forts may come to mind when you think of the diver’s paradise of Aruba. An historic, Dutch-style downtown with tall skinny candy-colored buildings, too. All that is, of course, a major draw.

Keep ReadingShow less
People + Places