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article imageMasked gunmen carried out largest robbery in Chile’s history

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 12, 2014 in Crime
Santiago - Early this morning a group of eight masked criminals intimidated the guards of a Brink’s armored truck at Santiago International Airport taking a bounty of about $10 million dollars. The heist has been called the greatest theft in Chilean history.
The security services armored truck belonging to the Brink’s company entered the cargo area of the Santiago International Airport (SCL) about 5:00 AM. The money, loaded on two pallets, was to be transferred onto a passenger plane travelling to northern Chile. The money was destined for distribution to various branches of the company in the cities of Antofagasta and Arica.
The Brink’s truck transporting the money was escorted by a second private security truck during travel around the city and its entrance to the airport’s tarmac. According to security protocol of the Chilean Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC), escort guards are not authorized to carry weapons inside the compound, so the Brink's guards left their weapons outside the airport's cargo loading area.
The eight assailants, characterized as airport security workers, arrived in two vehicles ahead of the truck and its escort. According to preliminary information from police, at the time of the assault they used masks to hide their identities. Once the robbery was completed the criminals fled in two vehicles in different directions while scattering caltrops (sharp spikes) on the road to hinder police pursuit.
A sharp spike used as weapon.
A sharp spike used as weapon.
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The police investigation does not rule out help for the theft from inside the Brink’s company or from airport staff. The security measures regularly implemented at Santiago International Airport have also been placed under scrutiny.
According to preliminary data, the amount of money stolen today would reach about 6 billion pesos (about 10 million dollars). This could be the largest amount of money ever stolen in Chile, not considering the $28 million U.S. dollars found in secret accounts under the name and aliases of former dictator Augusto Pinochet in secret bank accounts in the United States and in the Caribbean Islands not long before he died.
Sources in Spanish:
BioBio Radio
Noticias Terra
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