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Five-man Brazilian gang steals US$5m in cash due to fly on Lufthansa freighter
Date:2018-03-09 Readers:
POLICE in Sao Paulo, Brazil are investigating the theft of an estimated US$5 million in cash which was due to fly from the city's Viracopos International Airport to Frankfurt aboard a Lufthansa freighter aircraft.

Local media reports said "the spectacular heist, which took place late Sunday, was completed in a matter of minutes, and authorities have yet to arrest a suspect".

It was reported that the gang entered the airport freight terminal using a pick-up truck on which they had "placed stickers mimicking the runway security company's logo," federal police were quoted as saying in a statement, according to London's Air Cargo News.

One of the newspapers reported that the gang had threatened security agents on the runway before taking off with the cargo, in barely six minutes.

A spokesperson for the German carrier's airfreight division in Frankfurt said: "Lufthansa Cargo confirms that there was an armed robbery at Viracopos Airport (VCP) in Brazil.

"The incident took place within the airport perimeter near the Lufthansa Cargo Freighter D-ALCF with flight number LH8263/04, with the destination Frankfurt (FRA) and a stopover in Dakar (DSS).

"The perpetrators robbed banknotes destined for the flight to Frankfurt. No people were injured. The plane started with a delay of about two hours to Dakar (DSS). Further details cannot be published at this time, as it is an ongoing investigation."

source:http://www.shippingazette.com/menu.asp?encode=eng
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