Thieves Construct 150-Ft.-Long Tunnel to Rob German Bank

Earlier this Monday, a German bank found their valuables suddenly missing – and along with it, an elaborate, complex tunnel that came along with it.

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The robbers dug a tunnel from the underground parking garage to access the vault of Volksbank in Berlin and made off with the contents sometime on Jan. 14, 2013

Last Monday, a German bank found its valuables suddenly missing — and along with it, found an elaborate, complex tunnel.

A branch of the Berliner Volksbank in the German capital discovered a 150-ft. tunnel from a nearby parking garage that had been constructed all the way to underneath the bank’s vault. Thieves had used the tunnel in a successful heist sometime early Monday. The theft was reported later that morning when a security guard noticed smoke coming from the deposit room.

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Though police are still trying to figure out what and how much was stolen, the Daily Mail suggests that almost €10 million, or $13.3 million, of valuables were stolen.

Thomas Neuendorf, a spokesman for the Berlin police told the BBC:

The tunnel was constructed very professionally. It was stabilized with beams and supports. Obviously, the suspects spent months digging to build this roughly 45-meter long tunnel from the parking garage to the bank.

The culprits had blasted through a concrete wall in the parking garage and continued to dig through sand and dirt for months. The construction of the actual tunnel suggests that the robbers themselves, or their accomplices, had specialized skill sets.

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German police, meanwhile, have released a sketch of a man who was seen hanging around the parking garage for quite some time.

18 comments
edwardwilliam
edwardwilliam

THRU THE PLACE TO HELL AND THEN THRU THE PLACE TO HELL

EDWARD W WESTPHAL JR

JUDGE


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QuietStormX
QuietStormX

This is right out of several Hollywod movies I've seen.

JackTaylor
JackTaylor

I don't mind people stealing money from the banks, just don't bother the safe deposit boxes. 

ZweiStein
ZweiStein

Digging for months and blasting through concrete and having to remove many, many tons of dirt and bringing in beams...for months...and no one noticed this unusual activity?  Oh, and please post the picture, maybe we know him.

CanePazzo
CanePazzo

The culprits were actually highly mechanized gophers.

eduardopetrag
eduardopetrag

Same Rio Bank of Argentina ,couple years ago.


orion
orion

The Russians are coming.

Badly-Bent
Badly-Bent

Sounds remarkably like the Los Angeles heist of the (I believe?) First Interstate bank near Beverly Hills (Wilshire Blvd, maybe).  They dug a tunnel from one of the LA River aquaducts till they were underneath the vault.  Then used ATV's to transport the loot out.

bibing_kay
bibing_kay

remember the movie Law abiding citizen? it was almost like that. i mean, just particularly referring to the building of the long tunnel. i should say, i am impressed. 

AlTrotter
AlTrotter

I always admire a well-planned non-violent heist.

VinceWolf
VinceWolf

Illegals along our southern border want to hire them.

JohnCleary
JohnCleary

jeez, show us a picture of the tunnel, instead of a picture of essentially nothing!

roberthasianku
roberthasianku

Unbelievable . Kind of a project planning n the robber was success too.

I believe someone involve with this robber.

cpc65
cpc65

Someone must have been reading The Adventure of Red-Headed League. (Hint: A Sherlock Holmes story)



QuietStormX
QuietStormX

I suspect these suspects may have got this out of several Hollywood movies? Late night and weekends and finding out after a weekend or holiday day off or closed.

BarbButterick
BarbButterick

@VinceWolf There are/were already tunnels from Mexico to the U.S., if that is what you're suggesting.