A highly coordinated, multi-million dollar heist ended with a fast getaway and trucks ablaze on Wednesday in Italy.
Thieves targeted an armored van carrying pension funds, which was traveling from Bari to Matera in southern Italy, Reuters reports.
The van was stopped by two large trucks blocking the road, and was pried open with mechanical diggers.
Local police said $2.3 million in cash was taken; the large trucks were set on fire to help the hooded thieves elude authorities.
The suspects fled in a waiting car, and the guards were unharmed.
Photos of the dramatic robbery were captured, below:
#Bari, spettacolare rapina ad un furgone portavalori sulla statale 96 barese. La banda ha bloccato la strada con 2 camion dati alle fiamme e poi ha sventrato il mezzo con una ruspa. E' caccia ai rapinatori. Al #Tg2rai ore 20,30 pic.twitter.com/1m2ANjp4aY
— Tg2 (@tg2rai) January 2, 2019
In southern Italy today, a brazen highway robbery in Bari, in which thieves used BULLDOZERS to pry open an armored van on the road, after first blocking it in on both sides. They got away with the equivalent of $2.3 million USD. There is video. https://t.co/Bt9VmFnga4 pic.twitter.com/7wZ1GWrfVA
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) January 2, 2019