Thieves steal $5 mil­lion from Lufthansa plane at air­port in Brazil


Agroup of thieves stole $5 mil­lion in cash, which had been due to travel from Brazil to Switzer­land aboard a Lufthansa jet, at a large freight air­port near Sao Paulo, po­lice said.

The spec­tac­u­lar heist, which took place in early March, was com­pleted in a mat­ter of min­utes, and au­thor­i­ties have yet to ar­rest a sus­pect. The crooks en­tered Vira­co­pos In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s freight ter­mi­nal us­ing a pickup on which they had “placed stick­ers mim­ick­ing the run­way se­cu­rity com­pany’s logo,” fed­eral po­lice said in a state­ment.

Ger­many-based Lufthansa’s plane had been trav­el­ing from Guarul­hos air­port in Sao Paulo and was mak­ing a stop at Vira­co­pos – Brazil’s big­gest freight ter­mi­nal– with Zurich as its fi­nal destination.

The stolen money had been held un­der the aus­pices of se­cure trans­port provider Brinks, ac­cord­ing to the Folha de Sao Paulo news­pa­per.

The daily said five men had threat­ened se­cu­rity agents on the run­way be­fore tak­ing off with the cargo, in barely six min­utes. There was no im­me­di­ate sign of in­juries, the air­port said. Cargo theft is on the rise in Brazil, where most tar­gets are semitrucks, es­pe­cially those serv­ing Rio de Janeiro.

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