3 held over US$5 mil­lion bank rob­beries

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Three New York­ers were ar­rested and charged after crim­i­nals blow-torched their way into bank vaults and stole more than US$5 mil­lion in a plot akin to the Robert de Niro and Al Pa­cino heist film Heat. The Brook­lyn sus­pects were de­tained after a painstak­ing po­lice and FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the rob­beries at an HSBC in Brook­lyn in April and a Maspeth Fed­eral Sav­ings Bank branch in Queens in May. They were part of a crew that cut through roofs and into the vaults us­ing acety­lene torches. Breaking open de­posit boxes, they snatched mil­lions in cash, di­a­monds, jew­ellery and other valu­ables. – AFP

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