Masked Gang Lifts $10 Mil From Armored Truck in Chilean Airport Heist

Disguised as workers in a white van, a team of eight masked gunmen pulled off the largest heist in Chilean history without firing a single shot. The BBC reports that the money was on route to banks and mining operations in Copiapó, a rich silver and copper mining district in northern Chile.

The van, seen below surrounded by investigators, was found abandoned in a field after the robbery this Tuesday.

Chile's Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo described the gang responsible for the heist as "highly organized" and—wow—he is not kidding. Airport security footage shows they were done in two minutes.

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Gang Steals $10 Million In Chilean Airport Heist

In the largest robbery in Chilean history, eight masked gang members held up a Brinks armored bank truck at Santiago's international airport on Tuesday, and made away with the Chilean equivalent of U.S. $10 million.

Security footage showed they came and went within two minutes. The thieves escaped in two unmarked vans, and supposedly scattered nails on the road along their path. They have not been caught, but The Chief of Security at the airport, Rolando Alegría has since been fired. Gee, ya think?

"In a case like this, the administrative area has responsibilities," said the Minister of Defense, Jorge Burgos.


Also, $1.6 million was stolen from the same airport cargo terminal in 2006. Robbers involved in that incident were captured and continue to serve time in prison.

Source: BBC

Top photo: Chilean currency, by Jennifer Martinez on Flickr (CC Commercial License)

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