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article imageThieves in Argentina tunnel into bank

By Lynn Curwin     Jan 3, 2011 in Crime
Belgrano - Robbers in Argentina dug a tunnel into a bank vault and got away with the contents of more than 130 safety deposit boxes.
The robbery, at the Banco Provincia in Belgrano, Buenos Aires was discovered when employees returned to work after the New Year weekend.
It is believed that the burglars began work on a tunnel about six months ago when they rented an adjacent shop. They dug out a passage about 30 metres (100ft) long, with a one metre by one metre diameter, and added lights, ventilation and carpet.
"Tools were found inside of the tunnel,” the Buenos Aires Herald quoted prosecutor Martín Niklinson as saying.
He said that “at least three persons entered the tunnel on December 31 through an adjacent building" and "exited early in the morning" on January 3.
Security footage showed that the culprits got away in an automobile around 7 am.
The Buenos Aires Herald reported that sources told them that 134 out of a total of 1,408 safety deposit boxes, which were located in the bank’s basement, were ransacked.
The bank’s alarm went off twice during the night but officers could not see anything wrong when they arrived, although one remained there until bank autorities arrived in the morning.
"It was a really impressive job," BBC News quoted Nikilson as saying.
He added that they had not ruled out the possibility that the thieves had an accomplice inside the bank.
Many people in Argentina placed their savings in safety deposit boxes after the financial crisis in 2001.
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