Ex-FBI Safe Cracking Specialist Who Misused Skills to Commit Crimes Dies at 71

Steve Neavling

H. Edward Tickel Jr., a notorious ex-FBI specialist and safe-cracking expert who was convicted in a jewelry theft scheme and other crimes, died without any media attention in March, Newsmax reports.

Tickel was 71 and left behind a checkered past. He was accused of breaking into the FBI headquarters credit union, stealing government property, tax evasion and selling stolen jewelry, the New York Times reported.

Tickel was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Newsmax called him “the FBIs top break-in artist.”

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