In Los Angeles, a team of former MARSOC Marines led by Ray Merrimen hijack an armored truck. The ensuing shootout with police leaves several dead, including one of Merrimen's crew, as the hijackers escape with the empty truck. LASD Detective Nick O'Brien investigates the robbery, making the recently paroled Merrimen his prime suspect. Nick's team kidnaps Donnie Wilson, a bartender who confesses to acting as the thieves' unarmed getaway driver. He describes a large sum of cash stolen from a stadium by the crew, but denies knowing their future plans and is released. Merrimen and his crew to rob the heavily guarded Federal Reserve: with approximately $30 million in old bills removed from circulation each day, they plan to steal the untraceable money before it is shredded. Nick's team tails Donnie, who is hired as a food delivery driver, allowing him to deliver inside the Federal Reserve. A confrontation with Nick leads crew to suspect Donnie is an informant. Interrogated at gunpoint, he admits he was questioned by Nick; to his surprise, orders him to tell Nick when the heist is taking place. Donnie informs Nick but denies knowing the location. Nick sleeps with Merrimen's girlfriend, who – acting on instructions – reveals the crew will be robbing a bank in Pico Rivera.
Gerard Butler as Detective "Big Nick" O'Brien
Pablo Schreiber as Ray Merrimen, a MARSOC Marine veteran
O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Donnie Wilson, a bartender and one of the robbers who set out to rob the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as Enson Levoux, a MARSOC Marine veteran
Meadow Williams as Holly Maurice Compte as Detective Benny "Borracho" Magalon, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Unit
Brian Van Holt as Detective Murph Connors, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Unit
Evan Jones as Bo "Bosco" Ostroman, a MARSOC Marine veteran, former Los Angeles Department of Water and Power technician, and one of the robbers who works directly with Merrimen and Enson
Mo McRae as Detective Gus Henderson, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Unit
Den of Thieves (released in some countries as Criminal Squad) is a 2018 American action heist film written, directed, and produced by Christian Gudegast. It stars Gerard Butler, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Evan Jones, Dawn Olivieri, Mo McRae, and Max Holloway. Den of Thieves distributed by STXfilms and released in the United States on January 19, 2018. The film received mixed reviews and grossed $80 million worldwide.