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Banco Central Burglary at Fortaleza

The 2005 Banco Central burglary in Fortaleza, Brazil, was one of the largest bank robberies in history. In one weekend, thieves took nearly four tons of uninsured, non-sequential 50-real notes valued at roughly $70 million. The burglars spent three months tunneling to the vault from a rented house two blocks away. Though the police made several arrests in the case, more than $60 million remains missing. Why weren't neighbors suspicious when they saw vanloads of soil being removed from the house? More...
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Banco Central Burglary at Fortaleza
The 2005 Banco Central burglary in Fortaleza, Brazil, was one of the largest bank robberies in history. In one weekend, thieves took nearly four tons of uninsured, non-sequential 50-real notes valued at roughly $70 million. The burglars spent three months tunneling to the vault from a rented house two blocks away. Though the police made several arrests in the case, more than $60 million remains missing.
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Banco Central burglary at Fortaleza
Banco Central burglary at Fortaleza

The Banco Central burglary at Fortaleza was the theft of about R$ 160 million from the vault of the Banco Central branch located in Fortaleza, in the state of Ceará, Brazil. It is one of the world's largest heists. In the aftermath of the burglary, of the 25 persons thought to be involved, just eight had been arrested, and R$7.35 million recovered, up to the end of 2005. In addition, several of the gang are thought to have been victims of kidnapping, and one, Luis Fernando Ribeiro, thought to have been the mastermind of the operation, was killed by kidnappers after a ransom was paid. Arrests and recovery of the money, as well as kidnapping and murder of the perpetrators, have been ongoing, though most are still unaccounted for.
The burglary

On the weekend of August 6, 2005, a gang of burglars tunneled into the bank and removed five containers of 50-real notes, with an estimated value of R$ 164,755,150 (about 71.6 million USD at 2005 exchange rate) and weighing about 3.5 tons. The money was uninsured, a bank spokesperson stating that the risks were too small to justify the insurance premiums. The burglars managed to evade or disable the bank's internal alarms and sensors, and the burglary remained undiscovered until the bank opened for business the following Monday.

Banco Central is the Brazilian central bank, charged with control of the money supply. The money in the vault was to be examined to decide whether it should be recirculated or destroyed. The bills were not numbered sequentially, making them almost impossible to trace.

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