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Berlin robbers spent months digging tunnel into bank's safe deposit, police say

posted 17 Jan 2013, 09:19 by Mpelembe   [ updated 17 Jan 2013, 09:20 ]

Days after an audacious bank robbery that tunnelled through to a Berlin bank safe deposit room, police enter tunnel.

BERLINGERMANY (JANUARY 17, 2013) (REUTERS) -  Robbers who dug a tunnel from an underground parking garage into the safe deposit of a German bank spent months and worked very professionally, Berlin police said on Thursday (January 17), four days after the crime was detected.

The suspects are thought to have rented out a garage under the Volksbank in the German capital's Steglitz district and then constructed the tunnel.

"The tunnel was constructed very professionally," Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told reporters.

"It was stabilised with beams, it has supports. Obviously the suspects spent months digging to build this roughly 45 metre-long tunnel from the garage to the bank."

Initial reports said the tunnel was 30 metres (100 feet) long.

Police were alerted to the robbery on Monday morning (January 14) after a guard saw smoke coming from the safety deposit room.

Berlin police are now looking for a man they say witnesses had seen outside the parking garage "many times."