Bandits storm metropolis in financial institution heist, go away road plagued by money

A closely armed gang took over a southern Brazilian metropolis in a single day — grabbing hostages, taking pictures two individuals, robbing a financial institution and leaving a road plagued by money, in accordance with stories.

Roughly 30 hooded suspects descended onto the streets of Criciúma within the state of Santa Catarina in 10 vehicles simply earlier than midnight in a takeover that lasted round two hours, Globo News reported.

The town’s mayor, Clésio Salvaro, told reporters the “bandits” had looted three or 4 websites — together with a Financial institution of Brazil department.

A number of individuals have been taken hostage and compelled to dam streets to stymie the following response from authorities, pictures from the outlet present. They have been later launched with out damage, in accordance with Salvaro.

At the least two individuals have been shot and wounded, together with a police officer and a guard. The officer, who was struck within the chest, was listed in secure situation, the outlet reported.

Video posted to Twitter early Tuesday seems to indicate metropolis streets plagued by money – and residents scurrying to seize as a lot as they will whereas laughing in amazement at their discover.

Salvaro warned Criciúma’s 217,000 residents to “keep at house” late Monday, telling them that town had been focused in a “main assault.”

“I do not know the place they’re from, however they’re specialised,” Salvaro mentioned. “We have now by no means skilled this within the historical past of town.”

4 individuals who grabbed a number of the money left behind — about $153,000 — have been arrested for theft, a Globo Information reporter tweeted early Tuesday. Cops additionally recovered one other $57,000 that had been scattered on the streets, Globo News reported.

The 10 vehicles used within the onslaught have been later seized in a cornfield on personal property in neighboring Nova Veneza. The amount of money stolen in the course of the heist had not but been calculated as of early Tuesday, Globo Information reported.

The state-run financial institution mentioned in an announcement it should stay closed, including that it doesn’t present particulars of quantities stolen throughout an “assault on its premises,” the outlet reported.