French heist nets EUR 1.6m after shootout

22nd August 2008, Comments 0 comments

Armed robbers blasted their way into a cash depot in northern France and made off with EUR 1.6 million after a shootout with police.

22 August 2008

LILLE -- Armed robbers blasted their way into a cash depot in northern France Thursday and made off with EUR 1.6 million after a shootout with police, a police source said.

The six masked men, armed with machine pistols and pump-action shotguns and wearing police armbands, used explosive devices to break through a metal gate and other barriers at the repository in a suburb of Douai before dawn.

Three employees of the security company which runs the depot took refuge in a secure room where they were able to alert police.

But before the police arrived, the gang had transported the money to their vehicles and stolen several weapons used by security guards on cash transportation trucks.

The robbers fired at two police cars that arrived as they sped away in two vehicles with flashing lights on top.

The same depot was held up in July 2007.

[AFP / Expatica]

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