In southern Italy today, a brazen highway robbery in which thieves used bulldozers to pry open an armored van on the road.
Police say the thieves blocked the money-mobile off with two big vehicles on both sides, then ripped the doors off with the machine's giant digging jaws, then made off with at least 2 million euros, or $2.3 million in US dollars, in cash.
— Sky tg24 (@SkyTG24) January 2, 2019
The blue security van had left the city of Bari and was carrying pensions to be distributed in post offices in nearby Matera when it was blocked on the road by two lorries.
Two diggers then tore open the vehicle, using their mechanical arms like can openers to gain access to the cash.
The lorries were then set ablaze as the hooded thieves escaped with their loot in a waiting car. The three guards in the van were unharmed.
Images and video below.
Very well-planned armored car to heist. Armored cars can be a tough nut to crack — unless you have a big enough hammer.https://t.co/lL3Hi6eb4L
— Scott Stewart (@stick631) January 2, 2019
Bari, assaltato con le ruspe: portavalori aperto come una scatoletta di tonno https://t.co/iYxDo8OKz6
— Gazzetta di Modena (@gazzettamodena) January 2, 2019
#Bari, spettacolare rapina ad un furgone portavalori sulla statale 96 barese. La banda ha bloccato la strada con 2 camion dati alle fiamme e poi ha sventrato il mezzo con una ruspa. E' caccia ai rapinatori. Al #Tg2rai ore 20,30 pic.twitter.com/1m2ANjp4aY
— Tg2 (@tg2rai) January 2, 2019
Bari commando armato rapina furgone portavalori. Il mezzo è stato bloccato e scardinato con una ruspa. Bottino due milioni di euro. I rapinatori sono in fuga. Tra poco al #Tg3 pic.twitter.com/ysCtDuzLCg
— Tg3 (@Tg3web) January 2, 2019