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Wheelchair Used in $80,000 Italy Theft

November 22, 1987|United Press International

MILAN, Italy — Robbers used a wheelchair to smuggle weapons past a bank's metal detector Friday and escaped with about $80,000 in cash, police said.

A man in the wheelchair carried at least two pistols, a submachine gun and a knife through the metal detector and distributed them to four confederates once they were inside the bank, witnesses said.

The five robbers then locked clients and staff in the bank's vault while they stole all the money that was readily available. After about half an hour, the staff freed themselves from the vault and rang the alarm, but by then the robbers had left, taking their wheelchair with them.

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