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Tunnel bank raid possibly an inside job
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Tunnel bank raid possibly an inside job

Published: 19 Jan 2013 14:09 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Jan 2013 14:09 GMT+01:00

The Hollywood-style bank raid last week in Berlin, in which thieves constructed a tunnel to break into the bank’s security boxes, might have been an inside job.

A report in the Taggesspiegel on Saturday said information showed that the bank burglars probably had inside information. Only about half of the 1,600 security deposit boxes in Berliner Volksbank’s treasury had been rented out, yet the criminals managed to figure out which boxes were occupied.

The burglars opened 309 boxes of which 294 were in use – that amounts to a 95 percent rate. A spokeswoman for the bank said there is nothing on the outside of the security boxes that would show whether the box contains anything or not.

In any case investigators agree that the professionally-built 45-metre tunnel took the thieves a lot of work and planning – even if, as the police suspect, some of the tools used to build the tunnel were stolen.

It took the raiders months to dig out the tunnel. The walls of the underground garage and the bank were drilled out with professional drilling machines. It could have taken up to a year to construct, the police said.

The tunnel continues to be under investigation and police have found empty energy drinks apparently used by the tunnel builders during their construction work.

An artist’s rendering of a suspect has been published, but to date the police have not announced any suspects.

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15:30 January 19, 2013 by raandy
Empty energy drink cans were found in the tunnel and were most likely used( or drunk) by the perps,, were on a roll.
00:18 January 20, 2013 by Tonne
"the thieves managed to figure out which boxes were occupied"

Perhaps they shook the boxes?
09:15 January 20, 2013 by wood artist
@Tonne

If it's like a vault in the US, each individual box is behind a separate locked door. So...you'd have to drill the door to get to the box in the first place. The article is suggesting that they knew which doors to drill, and given the numbers presented that seems like a reasonable assumption.

wa
12:58 January 20, 2013 by lordkorner
I guess they must have been fans of Jonathan Glazer's Sexy Beast...
14:48 January 20, 2013 by Englishted
@Tonne

I thought your comment witty ,and took it in a light hearted way.
16:20 January 20, 2013 by SockRayBlue
One does have to admire that German Engineering.
06:57 January 21, 2013 by westfork
I can't believe no one has mentioned:

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin ist ein deutscher Film von Tom Tykwer.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203632/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
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