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Robbers dig 30-foot tunnel to raid bank

By Sapa-AP | Jan 15, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 21 ]

German police say robbers dug a 30-meter (100-foot) tunnel into the safe deposit room of a Berlin bank and escaped with their haul, setting a fire as they left to cover their tracks.

Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf says the tunnel led from an underground garage into the bank's safe deposit room.

Neuendorf told The Associated Press Monday that the tunnel was "very professional" and must have taken weeks or even months to complete. It was elaborately constructed and even had ceiling supports.

Police were alerted to the break-in early Monday when a security guard noticed smoke coming from the deposit room.

Neuendorf says police are still trying to determine what valuables were stolen from the deposit boxes.

Details of the heist called to mind the spectacular robbery of another Berlin bank in 1995. During that robbery thieves entered the bank through the door, took hostages and demanded a helicopter and ransom.

Police besieged and eventually stormed the safe room where the thieves had holed up only to find they had escaped through a tunnel dug by accomplices. Several of the thieves were later caught.

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I blame Hollywood, tltltltl

Jan 15, 2013 9:33 | 0 replies

So nothing is impossible

Jan 15, 2013 12:22 | 0 replies

Click-Baby
In SA

5 dr'unk robbers decide to go rob FNB in the CBD after a game of street-corner d'ice.. They go collect gun's and p@nty-h0se for mask their identification (not knowing that the p@nty-h0ses are full of h0les).. As part of their get-away car, they decide to use one of the uncle's Isuzu 1400 bakkie, which has to be kick-started before taking off..

As they approach the bank during peak hours, they decide to head in through the main door where survalliance cameras capture their identities through their worn p@nty-h0ses.. The head-teller presses the alarm, and all the bank doors are locked automatically.. The robbers are trapped inside and panicking and sweating..

Police arrive on the scene.. These robbers all receive life sentences without the possibility of parole..


where is the punch line here, whats all this crap anyway?

Jan 15, 2013 12:27 | 0 replies

I have to blame the movie 'Italian Job',these guys they watch alot of movies and put everything they have watched into practice

Jan 15, 2013 12:29 | 0 replies

@ CYBORICO

It's either you're too horny or your testosterone levels are too high.. What I was illustrating was a comparison between smart and dumb criminal executions..

Now, I think it's time for your cleansing and circumcision ceremonies at that suspicious hostel of yours..

Jan 15, 2013 12:52 | 0 replies

This is exactly what happened in "The Bank Job", the movie featuring that guy from The Transporter and guess what they took stuff from safety deposit boxes....indeed Hollywood comes alive.

Jan 15, 2013 1:1 | 0 replies

movie life lol

Jan 15, 2013 1:54 | 0 replies

Why would a modern day bank have a safe deposit room that doesn't have motion detectors?

Jan 15, 2013 1:58 | 0 replies

I suspect these guys had help from the inside , how did they manage to pinpoint the exact location of the vault from underground ??

Jan 15, 2013 4:16 | 0 replies

this is gangster

Jan 15, 2013 12:17 | 0 replies

Talk about smooth operators , they deserve a bells and bonus for a job well done

Jan 15, 2013 12:14 | 0 replies