Thieves, armed with a vacuum cleaner, still on the run

Thieves in Paris have been stealing money with the clever use of a vacuum. Not just bits of change here and there, they’ve stolen over 500,000 euros. They noticed that Monoprix supermarkets use a pneumatic tube system to transport rolls of cash to and from the safe. Realizing this was the weakest point in the security, they simply drilled a big hole in the tube, hooked up a vacuum and sucked the cash out. Forget lock picking or safe cracking, this had to be ridiculously easy.

The thieves are still out there, sucking their way to riches. At this point, they’ve hit 15 locations. Their luck has to run out some time right?

[via Slashdot]

32 thoughts on “Thieves, armed with a vacuum cleaner, still on the run

  1. Hahaha, That reminds me of the guy that took one of those septic tank vacuums cleaned it up, put padding on the inside and he uses it to suck ground squirrels right out of their holes.

    I bet you could empty the entire Vault with a vacuum like that =) .

  2. 500,000 euros.

    I don’t think they should hit up any more places after that considering more people have caught on by now. (not to mention the free 500,000 Euros)

    Wonder if they used a dyson? ;o

  3. You’ve no idea how they did it, where the pneumatic tubing goes – the whole point might be the company missed a serious security flaw like the pipework going outdoors for a stretch. Otherwise I’d expect it to be pretty obvious that they were climbnig about with a vacuum.

  4. It doesn’t make much sense — the only transport systems I’ve seen like this indeed use negative pressure to get the vessels from one side of the building to another, but when they land in the safe, they exit the tube system after passing a venturi-like bypass…re-sucking wouldn’t return the tubes to the pipe. something fishy is being reported.

  5. they probably broke in at night, used the valve where the tube connects to the safe, drilled through it because its definitely the weakest point, and then put a vacuum into the safe to grab the money.

  6. a simple spring loaded check valve like flap placed over the pipe in the safe should prevent that.

    the bank’s vacuum is probably in the safe so it would suck open the flap to let the money in but someone applying vacuum from the teller window will suck the valve shut and not get the money.

    if they are lucky they may get the money holder tank if the bank is big enough to have multiple teller windows or the tubes are stored inside

  7. @Charper definitely not a fake, this news was well covered by French newspapers. It seems that the gang started their malpratices since 2006 …

    brilliant hack ! At last a good reason to be proud of being french… not a lux in this time :)

  8. Please do not turn this site into some anti-crime retarded site. I read enough shit page where every 5th phrase contains *crime*.
    If you want to post article like this (because of the “hack”) then at least add pictures to it. I never know stores use vacuum tubes to transfer cash lol, must be some great french idea…

    The money they suck out is insured by multibillion dollar store chains for sure. The employers wont have losses because of this.

    Im so sick that just because some people able to get some easy money the media creates a hatespeach against them. The real criminals are in polititian, ceo, manager positions stealing hundreds of millions of dollars and don’t get caught, bravo!

  9. @mangler: stop being stupid, those vacuum pipes have been used for years in supermarkets everywhere in the world, so the the cashiers don’t have tons of money with them.

    But, of course, something is missing in the story, because there’s no way the money can be stolen magically, just with a vacuum cleaner.

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