German Bank Heist: Robbers Tunnelled In

Robbers dug a 30-metre tunnel into the safe deposit room of a Berlin bank, German police have said.

The criminals escaped with the contents of safety deposit boxes, setting fire to the tunnel as they left to destroy any evidence.

Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf says the tunnel led from an underground garage into Volksbank’s safe deposit room.

Mr Neuendorf said the tunnel was “very professional” and must have taken weeks or even months to complete.

It was elaborately constructed and even had ceiling supports.

Police were alerted to the break-in early Monday when a security guard noticed smoke coming from the deposit room.

Mr Neuendorf says police are still trying to determine what valuables were stolen from the deposit boxes.