Tunnel-Drilling Gang Fails to Rob Paris Bank

Would-be thieves fail to reach safe-deposit room
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2010 5:13 PM CDT
In this March 9, 2009 file photo, the BNP Paribas logo is seen at the headquarters of the French bank, in Paris.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

(Newser) – Would-be robbers tunneled into a Paris bank early yesterday morning but didn't actually manage to steal anything. In the third incident this year of "termite gangs" attempting to dig into bank vaults, the thieves used a pneumatic drill to connect a subway station to the basement of a BNP Paribas branch.

Once inside, they were unable to breach the safe-deposit room and started a fire to try to destroy the evidence. Two other "termite gangs" fared better earlier this year—tunnelers robbed private safes at a Credit Lyonnais branch last weekend and a Caisse d'Epargne location over New Year's, Reuters reports. Investigators don't know if the incidents are related.

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