Venice Robbers Steal $1.7M ... in Lagoon

They robbed a boat ferrying money to banks

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 3, 2013 3:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – Filed under the only-in-Venice category: Three bank robbers pulled off a $1.7 million heist in one of the city's lagoons. In fact, they made it look easy: An armored truck delivered the money to a courier boat, which then was supposed to deliver it to banks, explains Fox News. Instead, the robbers pulled up next to the courier boat in a boat of their own and made their withdrawal. (They did leave behind one crate of loot in coins.) The heist has led to spate of headlines—like this, and this, and this—of the "real Italian job" variety, playing off the 2003 movie.

File photo of the Grand Canal in Venice.
File photo of the Grand Canal in Venice.   (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
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