Thieves Tunnel Into Bank, Spend Weekend Robbing It

Hundred-foot tunnel was ventilated, lit
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2011 11:32 AM CST

(Newser) – Even a local prosecutor was impressed by this crime: Thieves spent months digging a 100-foot-long tunnel into an Argentine bank, and made off with the contents of as many as 140 safety deposit boxes for their trouble. As if that’s not amazing enough, the tunnel—which originated from a building next door the thieves had rented in June—was ventilated, lit, and reinforced, the AP reports.

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The thieves finally entered the Banco Provincia branch in Buenos Aires while it was closed on New Year’s Eve, and had the whole weekend to empty between 130 and 140 of its 1,408 boxes. Even though anti-seismic alarms did sound throughout the weekend, police couldn’t get into the bank to find the cause, and the robbery wasn’t discovered until yesterday. Says the prosecutor, "It was a really impressive job.” Click for more details.
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