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They Thought It Was a Sinkhole. Then They Saw the Orange Cord

FBI investigating after public works employees find secret tunnel leading to Florida bank
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2019 6:15 AM CST
Updated Feb 3, 2019 12:40 PM CST
FBI and Pembroke Pines police check out a tunnel by a possible would-be bank robber that was discovered beneath the entrance to the Flamingo Pines shopping plaza on Wednesday in Pembroke Pines, Fla.   (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP)
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(Newser) – It started out as public works employees checking out a potential sinkhole or pothole; it ended up with the FBI trying to solve what the Sun Sentinel is now calling a "bank caper." What the workers spotted in the hole in Pembroke Pines, Fla., on Tuesday that raised eyebrows: an orange power cord stretching southward. Cops, and then the FBI, were called, and further digging turned up digging tools, a wagon to transport earth, a hauling device, a power generator, dirt-covered boots, and a tunnel that reached toward the woods on one end and headed toward a Chase bank on the other, per WPLG and the Miami Herald. "This was not an overnight thing," says FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock, who adds that the "unique" scene looked like something out of a movie.

Leverock notes that the tunnel was about 50 yards long and had a diameter of only about 2 to 3 feet—"very claustrophobic"—adding that whoever was responsible for it was content to take their sweet time in burrowing through. The good news, per the K9 unit called in to check things out: There's no sign of any bodies in the tunnel; the bank also hadn't been breached. What Leverock really wants to know is how the perpetrators thought they'd break through the bank's walls once the tunnel reached its final destination. "Welcome to Florida," he tells the Sentinel. (A hidden tunnel was found beneath a Mexican pyramid.)

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