Brazilian police have detained two men in connection with the recent theft of nearly $70 million from a bank vault in one of the largest bank robberies in history.
Authorities say the men were detained near the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte Wednesday, after police stopped their truck loaded with vehicles that were purchased in cash Saturday from a car dealership. Officials say they also found a fraction of the stolen money hidden in one of the vehicles.
Police say Saturday's daring theft at a central bank branch in the northeastern city of Fortaleza was carried out by 10 to 20 people taking three months to dig an 80-meter tunnel from a house where they had set up a phony landscaping company. The thieves left behind tools used to dig the tunnel and get through the vault's one-meter thick concrete and steel floor.
Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.