Brazilian police have arrested nearly 30 people in connection with a series of ATM heists that have left some poorer parts of Sao Paulo with scant access to cash.
Five current or former police officers were arrested in the sting Tuesday _ and investigators suspect another two dozen police could be involved.
Around 60 of the banking machines have been blown up, torched or otherwise broken into in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area in recent months.
Police say residents in poorer areas of Sao Paulo, where there are few if any bank branches, now have few means of getting cash in their areas.
Businesses that kept ATM machines on their premises have gotten rid of them because they attract heists.
Police didn't say how much money has been stolen.