Van Heist

Van Heist
Joey Leone telling Claude to steal the pay role van
Joey Leone telling Claude to steal the pay role van

Joey Leone telling Claude to steal the pay role van
For Joey Leone
Location Trenton, Portland, Liberty City
Reward $20,000
Unlocks Turismo
Cipriani's Chauffeur
Unlocked by Farewell 'Chunky' Lee Chong

Van Heist is a mission in Grand Theft Auto III, given to protagonist Claude by Joey Leone from his garage in Trenton, Portland, Liberty City.


Claude goes to Joey's garage in Trenton and Joey explains that they are planning to hit a Securicar pay role van. Joey instructs Claude to find a vehicle and ram the van until the driver bails. Joey then instructs Claude to take the van to a warehouse in Portland Harbor where some guys will get to the cash. When the mission begins, the Securicar is on the move on the edge of Chinatown.

The first objective is to damage the Securicar enough (indicated by a Damage meter) that the occupants of the vehicle bail, as the van's door are locked. Because this particular Securicar is in fact bullet-proof, the player must opt for the old fashion method of ramming the vehicle continuously until the damage meter is full; large and heavy vehicles such as the Bus, Coach or Linerunner are particularly useful damaging the Securicar quickly and pinning down the van when necessary. Upon ramming the Securicar for the first time, the van will begin to flee. In addition, the player accumulates a minimum of two stars by only hitting the vehicle twice.

When the Securicar is sufficiently damaged, its occupants exit the vehicle and flee, allowing the player to commandeer the van and take it to a garage in Portland Harbor. Even if the player has up to three stars, the Securicar's weight should allow the vehicle to push aside any opposing police cars. Regardless of how many stars the player has, their wanted level is nullified when the Securicar reaches its final destination.


Joey Leone: Alright, we're gonna hit the pay role van. It leaves the edge of Chinatown everyday. Bullets won't even dent the van's armor, so get a car and ram it off the road. Now hit it hard and the punk ass security guard should bail. Then take it to the warehouse at the docks and my guys are gonna take over from there. Now it won't be doin' its rounds all day, so don't hang around.


  • The player can clear any accumulated wanted level upon reaching the mission halo in front of the Portland Docks garage as many times as possible as long as the player drives the van in and out of the garage, and has yet to leave the van for the garage.
  • Due to the size of the garage, police vehicles may follow the player's Securicar into the garage. As the garage is not supposed to accept other vehicles, the garage door will refuse to close after the player leaves the Securicar along any police vehicles in the garage. To address this problem, the player must lure the police vehicles out of the garage, or destroy any unwanted vehicle in the garage and force the vehicle wreck to despawn by driving away from the garage and back.


The reward for completing the mission is $20,000 and the unlocking of two missions: Cipriani's Chauffeur and Turismo (an El Burro mission offered through the player's pager). In addition, the garage used to stash the Securicar in "Van Heist" may receive up to 10 additional Securicars thereafter, with payouts for every additional Securicar delivered decreased by $500 until the player may no longer receive any more money. Following this mission the player is eventually reminded on the pager that the Portland Docks garage from the mission is accepting more Securicars.


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