$11.7 million heist biggest in Paraguay's history

AP News
Posted: Apr 27, 2017 6:29 PM
$11.7 million heist biggest in Paraguay's history

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The gang that blasted into an armored company's vault this week got away with $11.72 million in cash — the biggest heist in Paraguay's history, prosecutors said on Thursday

About 50 attackers armed with assault rifles used explosives to open the vault of the Prosegur company early Monday in the border city of Ciudad del Este. The robbers also torched about 20 cars before they escaped to Brazil. One police officer was killed and four civilians were injured. Brazilian gangs are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Brazil's Federal Police had arrested about 15 men, but seven were released Thursday for lack of evidence. Police also seized assault rifles and recovered about $1.5 million after a gunfight that killed three men who were suspected in the theft.

Ciudad del Este sits in the "Triple Border" region, where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet and where contraband electronics, drugs and arms flow across porous borders.