Heist foiled as thieves leave empty handed

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A group of seven hooded men infiltrated the conjoined installations of the Municipal Police and the municipal impound in Madrid during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The masked criminals arrived in two 4×4 BMWs, equipped with bats and clubs. They first intimidated the security guard on duty, broke two glass doors and then proceeded to steal a strongbox before fleeing the scene. 

The case is being investigated by Police Officers from the Moncloa district. An inquiry has also been filed by the Municipal Police department due to the fact that there should always be two officers guarding the gate, along with the security guard that is on duty at the time.

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Municipal Police sources have confirmed that the officers were absent from their post at the time of the robbery. At first it was thought that the events happened while a shift change was taking place, but it turns out that the officers were in another part of the complex due to a setback.

Investigators suspect that one of the thieves phoned the station to give them a false tip-off so as to clear the entrance gate of any resistance. It seems to have worked as the seven hooded robbers pulled up to the gate at around 04.50 in two BMWs, which were allegedly stolen just days before, and gained access to the complex.

Police have now confirmed that the strongbox that was stolen was empty as the cash in it had been transferred to another location on site just days before. Police suspect that the thieves had access to detailed information about the building’s installations and where money is kept as they knew exactly where to go and what to do to distract the police.

The investigation is on-going, with police studying CCTV imagery obtained from the scene.

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